Gov. Brown yesterday what’s being called the nation’s toughest equal pay law based on gender.
The measure is an expansion of existing laws, and puts the burden of proof on employers being sued for discrimination to explain exactly why two people doing similar work are paid differently. The law also bars employers from retaliating against employees who choose to how much they make at work.
Gov. Brown was expected to sign the bill into law, after it cleared the state legislature unanimously. The law has the support or workers’ and women’s rights, as well as from the state’s business sector.
Jennifer Reisch, Legal Director at Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a San Francisco-based organization that defend women’s rights through advocacy and litigation. ERA is a co-sponsor of the bill that Gov. Brown signed into law