NY Commission on Human Rights Says Many Are in Violation

When you’re looking for a job, one of the first things you want to know is what you can expect to be paid. Now, in many states, you have that right.

Over the past decade, a number of states, including New York, have enacted laws mandating that employers include detailed information about anticipated salary range in any job posting or employment advertisement. In 2022, New York City added its own legislation, identifying the failure to include required pay information as an “unlawful discriminatory practice” under the city’s Human Rights Law. Though the law has been in force for nearly two years, officials say there is still significant violation of the provisions of the law.

Web-Based Job Services Among Worst Offenders

Over the past 12 months, the New York City Commission on Human Rights has cited more than two dozen employers for skirting the law, including a number of well-known digital job forums. Among those identified as in violation of the law are CareerBuilder.com and Monster.com, two of the premier online job search entities. Officials have the power, under the law, to levy fines for violation of the pay transparency disclosure laws, but have declined to do so thus far, working instead to try to bring the companies into compliance.

Representatives of the online job services contend that many of the postings they receive from companies seeking employees don’t have the requisite information. In the past, officials at the digital employment services would estimate a range, based on the type of job, the industry and comparable wages, but that practice has generally been abandoned. The online job forums now generally refuse to take any posts that fail to comply with New York City law.

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