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REDEFINING EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK

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Earlier this week, California’s governor signed an equal pay bill into law that some commentators are calling the toughest equal pay law in the country.  California’s prior equal pay law made it unlawful for an employer to pay an employee less than the wages paid to the opposite sex, but required the differently paid employees to work “in the same establishment” and perform “equal work on jobs the performance of which requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility” under similar working conditions.  While the equal pay law applies to both men and women, laws of this kind are most frequently invoked by women paid less than their male counterparts.

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