Atlanta Is No Longer Asking Applicants About Previous Salaries

Feb 19, 2019

The city of Atlanta will no longer ask how much applicants made at their former jobs when hiring employees.

Last week, mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said the question was removed from job applications for city positions in order to level the playing field.

In an interview with WSB-TV, Bottoms said the move isn't meant to specifically target one group of applicants, but the entire potential workforce of the city.

"It gives you an opportunity to improve your salary [based] on what your experience is and what your qualifications are," Bottoms said.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women make 80 cents on the dollar when compared to men.

For black women, that number is 63 cents.

Bottoms says she hopes other cities and the state will also remove the question.