Fighting for Women's Equality

Equal Pay Bill Signed by Gov. Brown

September 30, 2016 | by

Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1676, which prohibits employers from relying on prior salary alone to justify any pay difference between male and female employees who do substantially similar work. This bill marks an important step toward closing the gender wage gap.

“We applaud Governor Brown for once again recognizing the importance of closing the gender wage gap, which costs California women billions each year,” said Noreen Farrell, Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates and Chair of the Stronger California Advocates Network. “With Assembly Bill 1676, we move one step closer to leveling the playing field for women who have faced prior wage discrimination. But we also know that there is still more work to be done to address the many contributors to the wage gap, and we will continue to fight for legislation that addresses this critical issue.”

Assembly Bill 1676 was a priority bill on the Stronger California 2016 Legislative Agenda. Learn more about the agenda at  

Equal Rights Advocates was an organizational co-sponsor of this legislation.

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