Ohio Law Update

Cincinnati Prohibits Salary History Inquiry and Use

On March 13, 2019, the Cincinnati City Council passed an ordinance (No. 83-2019) prohibiting private employers within Cincinnati with 15 or more employees in the city from:

·         Inquiring about an applicant’s salary history;

·         Screening applicants based on their current or prior wages, benefits, other compensation, or salary histories (salary histories), including requiring that an applicant’s prior wages, benefits, other compensation, or salary history satisfy minimum or maximum criteria;

·         Relying on the salary history of an applicant when deciding whether to extend a job offer, or in determining salary, benefits, or other compensation for the applicant during the hiring process, including employment contract negotiations; or

·         Refusing to hire or otherwise disfavor, injure, or retaliate against an applicant for not disclosing his or her salary history to an employer.

The ordinance also provides exceptions and remedies.

The ordinance is effective in March 2020.

Read Ord. No. 83-2019


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