Law 360: Feds May Restart Collecting Pay Equity Data As States Step In
April 2. 2021
ERA Senior Counsel for Workplace Justice & Public Policy Jessica Ramey Stender is featured in a Law 360 article about the future of EEOC pay data collection, which references California’s pay data collection law (an ERA and Stronger CA bill) as an example of why pay data collection is important for closing gender and race wage gaps.
“Employers already have to comply with equal pay and discrimination laws, so requiring them to look internally at their pay systems and determine whether they are in compliance is not an insurmountable burden,” said Jessica Stender, senior counsel for workplace justice and public policy at the nonprofit group Equal Rights Advocates.
“Even in states where there is no affirmative legal protection prohibiting employer retaliation for discussing wages,” Stender said, “there is still an argument under the National Labor Relations Act that can be used to say that an employer cannot silence workers in this way.”