California Gov. Brown to sign expanded fair pay legislation

Sep 20, 2015 3:30 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has signaled he will sign legislation granting women new tools to challenge gender-based wage gaps.

The legislation expands what supporters call an outdated state equal pay law, and firmly places the burden on the employer to prove that a man's higher pay is based on factors other than gender.

The pending Fair Pay Act would allow employees to use salaries of workers at other locations of the same company or workers with differing job titles to establish pay gaps, so long as they do "substantially similar" work.

The legislation, set to start Jan. 1, also guarantees freedom from retaliation and discrimination if employees ask their bosses and co-workers what everyone else earns.

Employers don't have to say, but they also can't retaliate against an employee for asking.

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