Whitmer signs executive order designed to promote equal pay for women

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LANSING (WJRT) (1/8/2019) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to make sure women get paid the same as men for performing the same work.

She signed an executive order on Tuesday requiring state agencies and departments from inquiring about applicants' pay history until a conditional offer of employment with proposed pay is made. State hiring managers also can't search for pay history before that.

“It’s pretty simple, women deserve equal pay for equal work,” said Whitmer. “Women in Michigan earn 78 cents for every dollar men make for doing the same job, and it’s time for that to change.”

She believes employers asking for pay histories before hiring an employee perpetuates the wage gap, because hiring managers continually offer lower based on women's career histories of lower pay.

“This is not just a women’s issue, it’s an economic issue that hurts working families,” Whitmer said. “This is about doing what’s right.”

Equality and inclusion officers in various state departments and agencies are required to educate employees about equal pay and report complaints to the chief compliance officer in Whitmer's Cabinet.