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California Expands Equal Pay Law To Include Protections For Race And Ethnicity

California employers will soon be required to prove that any difference in pay between workers is not based on their race or ethnicity, making the state in the first in the nation to establish such strong equal pay protections. SB 1063, which Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law on Friday, expands on the state’s existing law prohibiting gender-based wage inequality by also requiring employers to pay people of different races and ethnicities the same wage for substantially similar work.
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