According to KGO-TV, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law the California Fair Pay Act, which requires equal pay, regardless of gender, for substantially similar work at companies.
We are excited about the passage of this bill and have written numerous blog posts about it previously. The bill changes existing labor law language, which required equal pay for “equal work”. In addition to this, the law prohibits employers from retaliating against female workers who ask about the salaries of male coworkers.
“This is really a big day, important. The inequities that have plagued our state and have burdened women forever are slowly being resolved,” Brown said, according to KGO. Sadly, according to various media reports, full-time female workers in California receive about 84 cents to every dollar men earn. The bill looks to reduce the wage gap that currently divides male and female employees.
The bill was signed last Tuesday.
“This is a momentous day for California, and it is long overdue. I want to thank the Governor for his support and for signing this bill into law. Equal pay isn’t just the right thing for women, it’s the right thing for our economy and for California,” Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, who introduced the legislation, said in a statement. “Today, California leads the nation in showing how it can be done.”
Speak to Our Los Angeles Labor Attorneys About Unfair Pay and the Wage Gap
If you have questions about the California Fair Pay Act or you believe that you may have a wage claim, contact our Los Angeles labor lawyers by calling (310) 273-3180. You may be able to seek damages and/or back pay if you can prove that your employer is not paying you fairly based on your gender.
Workers should be paid similarly regardless of their gender or race, provided they are performing the same tasks and have the same experience. Make sure you hold your employer liable if it does not promote equal pay.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys