Nicole Rice

False impressions of wage discrimination could lead to public shaming

By Nicole Rice, Policy Director, Government Relations

Capitol Update, June 9, 2017

The CMTA-opposed AB 1209 (Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, D-San Diego) passed out of the Assembly last week on a 48-19 final vote with several Legislators declining to weigh in. It is headed to the State Senate for further consideration. In its current form, this bill seeks to collect pay data based on job classification and title from companies with more than 250 employees for public posting not only on your website but also the Secretary of State’s site.

While the author publicly agreed to take amendments when presenting the bill on the Assembly Floor, whether those changes can address our fundamental objection regarding the intended public shaming of companies based on misleading information related to compensation decisions remains to be determined. The bill has not yet been set for hearing but given its path in the Assembly, it most likely will be heard in the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee.

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