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Gov. Wolf signs executive order bridging the gap for equal pay

Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order Wednesday to take the next step in assuring equal pay for women. (WJAC)

HARRISBURG, Pa- Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order Wednesday to take the next step in assuring equal pay for women.

The executive order said state agencies under the governor's watch can no longer ask for a job applicant's salary history during the hiring process, base salaries on job responsibilities, position pay range and the applicant's knowledge and skills, and clearly explaining the pay range on job postings.

"This executive order begins to end this discriminatory practice so that women hired by the commonwealth are paid what they deserve, and the wage gap does not follow them to a state job," said Wolf.

The executive order, which applies to management-level positions takes effect in 90 days.

According to the American Association of University Women, women earn $1 million less than men over their work career.

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