Several states and even some cities are coming out with one of the most asinine laws I’ve ever heard about. Let’s say you’re going to a job interview. And for grins and giggles, let’s say that you have made it through the first couple of rounds and now you’re going to be zeroing on talking money. In a lot of states, and a few cities, they are thinking of passing a law that makes it illegal for a prospective employer from asking you, “How much money do you make”? No more salary history.
That’s like going into a car dealership and not being able to ask the dealer how much is that snazzy red convertible on the showroom floor…just pay the man when you leave. What a crock!
Well, it’s all being done in the fairness of “pay equity”. How that works to insure that men and women get paid the same thing, I’ll never know, but apparently that’s the whole deal. The argument is that if a prospective employer asks you for a salary history, and let’s say the job you are applying for should pay between $80,000 and $100,000 depending on experience, and you’ve made $60,000, you could be under-selling yourself. If you made $150,000 you’re too expensive. But don’t you think that is between you and the employer? Am I mistaken, or do you have a gun to your head to accept that job (if offered)?
This is one of the most ludicrous bills I’ve ever heard of. Part of a job interview is salary negotiations. Obviously, the employer is trying to pay as little as they can in order to get you to come to work for them, and obviously, you are trying to get the most money you can. There is nothing in the world that forces you to take that job if you don’t like the money being offered. You can always refuse the offer and take your talents elsewhere. And it does nothing to stop pay inequality.
If I’m an employer and some man walks in, and again, the job pays between $80,000 and $100,000 depending on experience, what stops me from offering the guy $95,000? If a woman walks in, what stops me from offering $80,000? And that’s just the money side of it. What if I gave the guy four weeks of vacation and a company car with a $2,000 a month expense account, and I gave the woman two weeks of vacation, no company car, and a $1,000 a month expense account? That’s still pay inequality, and it still isn’t equal. This law does absolutely nothing to combat that.
Here we have another stupid example of liberals trying to legislate morality. You can’t do it. You can try but it’ll never end up happening. Paying women and men the same for the same job should be a no brainer…but if the woman is going to be asking for time off when the kids are sick, or when she gets pregnant, or decides she wants the job and is a worse negotiator than the guy who holds out for more bucks, is that the fault of the woman or the employer? Yeah…I thought so.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!