Kansas City, Missouri Bans Salary History Inquiries

July 17, 2019



Effective October 31, 2019, Ordinance 38-102 will bar Kansas City, Missouri employers from inquiring into the salary history of a job applicant; screening job applicants based on their current or prior wages or salary history; relying on the applicant’s salary history when determining whether to offer employment; or refusing to hire an applicant for not disclosing their salary history.

Kansas City joins a growing number of states and municipalities banning salary-history inquiries in an effort to reduce the gender pay gap. According to the Ordinance, in 2018 Kansas City had a gender pay gap of 21.7 percent, ranking 43 out of the 50 largest metropolitan areas and wider than the national average.

Under the Ordinance, employers may, without inquiring about salary history, engage in discussion with the applicant about their salary, benefits, and other compensation expectations. The Ordinance does not penalize employers for any voluntary disclosure by the applicant about their salary history information.

Kansas City employers may want to review their employment applications; associated forms; employment policies and procedures; and train hiring personnel to ensure compliance.



This information has been prepared by Validity Screening Solutions for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. The content is intended for general information purposes only, and you are urged to consult a lawyer concerning your own situation and any specific legal questions you may have.

Topics: Background Checks, Compliance

Jessica L. Troncoso, J.D.

Written by Jessica L. Troncoso, J.D.

Jessica focuses on Validity’s knowledge base of all laws, statutes, and enforcement actions regulating the employment screening industry. Jessica began in the Quality Assurance Department of Validity in 2012 and later worked remotely with the Research Department while attending law school. Jessica worked as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Brian C. Wimes of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the Honorable Peggy Stevens McGraw of the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri.