What to Know
Mayor de Blasio says the new law will help eliminate the gender wage gap
It was authored by NYC's public advocate, Letitia James, who says the wage gap costs NYC women $5.8 million in potential earnings annually
The law goes into effect in 180 days
It is now illegal in New York City for employers to ask job applicants about their salary history.
Mayor de Blasio signed the bill into law Thursday.
The mayor says the new law will help eliminate the gender wage gap by ensuring women with lower paying jobs won't face continued lower salary offers.
The law was authored by the city's public advocate, Letitia James, who says the wage gap costs New York City women $5.8 million in potential earnings every year.
The law goes into effect in 180 days.
Applicants who believe a potential employer violated the law can file a complaint with the city's Human Rights Commission, which can impose penalties of up to $250,000.