Gov. Pritzker signs Illinois equal pay law

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CHICAGO (WREX) — The battle of equal pay between men and women takes a big step forward in Illinois.

Gov. JB Pritzker signed a law banning employers from asking job applicants about salary history.

Pritzker signed the legislation near the U.S. Soccer Federation, which is criticized for paying the World Cup U.S. Women’s Soccer Team less than the men’s team.

The law also lets co-workers share that their salary benefits and compensation are with other colleagues—a move sometimes banned by employers.

“The hiring purpose serves one purpose and one purpose only. Finding the best person for the job,” Gov. Pritzker said. “It’s no longer acceptable to ring quality work out of capable women at a discounted rate.”

The new law takes effect in 60 days.

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