Like Google, Facebook, and Cisco, Amazon has announced that they will throw out the “tell us your salary history” question in the hopes of eliminating the effects of past discrimination. Several states and cities have adopted legislation that does the same thing.
If a job is worth $75,000, and the person can do the job, that person should earn $75,000 regardless of whether the person earned $50,000 before–male or female.
It makes sense, but Quartz is reporting that it could backfire: They report:
But there’s reason to believe the law could backfire, and end up punishing women. That’s because taking information away from employers doesn’t make them stop caring about the information, said Jennifer Doleac, an economist at the University of Virginia.
When employers can’t ask about salary history, they’ll make assumptions based on what they think they know, Doleac said. “When we make them guess, it hurts the best applicants in the groups we’re caring about, because we have no way to distinguish them, and they get grouped together with the rest.”
Ms. Doleac doesn’t hire many people, is my guess. “We have no way to distinguish them,” she says. Hogwash. If you have an exceptional resume you’ll stand out. If you come into the interview and do a bang-up job, you’ll stand out. Not knowing the salary history reduces the bias, not increases it.
To keep reading, click here: Amazon to Hire 100,000 without Asking for Salary History. Women Still Hit Hardest.