Tough new equal pay law threatens to accelerate California’s business exodus

The Washington Times

California Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing Tuesday of what is billed as the nation’s toughest equal pay law drew loud applause but also alarm over the additional government regulation threatening to accelerate the state’s business exodus — with implications for Tinseltown too.

The California Fair Pay Act strengthens the state’s existing equal-pay law by forbidding employers from paying employees less than their opposite-sex counterparts for “substantially similar work,” not just “equal work” — a far more subjective and thus litigation-friendly standard. It also prohibits employers from retaliating against those who seek to raise their pay under the law.

“Sixty-six years after passage of the California Equal Pay Act, many women still earn less money than men doing the same or similar work,” said Mr. Brown. “This bill is another step toward closing the persistent wage gap between men and women.”

The law also allows employees to challenge the fairness of their pay before the state Division of Labor Standards by drawing comparisons to “substantially similar” jobs with different titles or at other work sites.

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