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California Fair Pay Act Will Help Women

By Timothy Broderick, Lawyer at Broderick Saleen Law Firm 

In 1963, President John K. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, which bars employers from paying employees of one sex wages that are lower than those paid to a different sex doing the same work. In October, 2015, the Governor of California signed the California Fair Pay Act which is designed to eliminate the still existing disparity between wages of men and women doing similar work. 

A link to the California Fair Pay Act, known as Senate Bill 358, is attached below. A very significant provision of the gender wage differential bill is that an employer shall not prohibit an employee from disclosing the employee’s own wages, discussing the wages of others, inquiring about employee’s wages, or aiding and encouraging any other employee to exercise his or her rights under the gender wage differential bill. Notably, the section provides that it does not create an obligation to disclose wages.

Link to the California Fair Pay Act, Senate Bill 358

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB358

Contact Timothy Broderick and Katrina Saleen at the Broderick Saleen Law Firm for a consultation.

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