Nashville Removes Salary History Section from Job Applications

Mayor Megan Berry announced Friday that Nashville has removed the Salary History Sections from all Metro Nashville Job Applications. The new applications process took effect on July 1st but Mayor Berry chose to make her announcement on Friday, August 25, 2017, as it was the eve of Women’s Equality Day.

The original request for this change came from District 17 Councilman, Colby Sledge. The Councilman, along with the Gender Equality Council and Chief Diversity Officer Michelle Hernandez-Lane, requested Metro Human Resources explore the option of removing that application section.

The mayor’s office cited a report from the National Partnership for Women and Families that showed, in Tennessee, women are paid 82 cents for every dollar paid to men. The report also showed an even greater pay gap for women who are minorities, with African American women averaging 69 cents and Latina women averaging 51 cents.

Mayor Berry stated, “Salaries should be set based on abilities and qualification, not on how much someone made in their last job.” Hopefully this change will help close the wage gap in Tennessee.

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