Which State Has the Strongest Equal Pay Laws?

Last week, we discussed how the California Fair Pay Act, requiring equal pay, regardless of sex or gender, for substantially similar work at companies, was signed into law. Photo of earnings statement

Recently, the Los Angeles Times had an interesting story about the law, as experts said California now has some of the toughest equal pay legislation in the country. One of the key arguments for the law’s passage was that women in California who work full time are paid substantially less than men (about 84 cents for every dollar a male earns).

“The inequities that have plagued our state and have burdened women forever are slowly being resolved with this kind of bill,” Gov. Jerry Brown said prior to signing the legislation. The bill actually had statewide support, as the California Chamber of Commerce and most state Republican lawmakers backed it.

In addition to pay for “similar work”, the bill prohibits retaliation “against employees who ask about or discuss wages paid to co-workers.” The National Partnership for Women & Families, a Washington-based nonprofit advocacy group, told the Times that the bill is the toughest piece of legislation in the country, at a state-level, promoting workplace fairness.

One worker the newspaper talked to said she is glad the bill is tough. The woman, a consultant for the Fresno County Office of Education, is currently involved in a lawsuit with the agency. She says a male colleague makes $12,000 more a year than her for the same work, even though he was hired four years after she was and is less experienced.

The woman said that employers will be “accountable to pay women fairly” now that the law has been approved.

You Should Be Paid Based on Your Experience, Skills and Seniority – Not Your Gender

If you have questions about the California Fair Pay Act, contact our Los Angeles labor lawyers by calling (310) 273-3180.

We are pleased that the state is being proactive in an attempt to narrow the wage gap. Workers should be paid based on merit, not based on gender. Make sure you hold your employer liable if it does not promote equal pay.

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Kesluk, Silverstein & JacobLos Angeles employment attorneys

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-gov-brown-equal-pay-bill-20151006-story.html



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