California lawmakers approve equal pay protections for women

Aug 27, 2015 5:28 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's state Assembly has approved legislation aimed at closing the wage gap between women and men.

The bill by Democratic Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara would let female employees challenge pay discrimination based on wages paid to male employees for doing substantially similar work.

It bans retaliation against women who discuss or ask how much their male colleagues are paid.

Lawmakers on Thursday approved SB358 on a 66-2 vote.

Supporters say California women were paid an average of 84 cents for every dollar men were paid in 2013.

Gov. Jerry Brown's executive secretary, Nancy McFadden, announced on Twitter that the Democratic governor would sign the legislation if it reaches his desk.

The bill now returns to the Senate for a final vote.

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