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State lawmakers say new equal-pay protections are working — now they want to expand them

State lawmakers say new equal-pay protections are working — now they want to expand them

California enacted one of the toughest equal pay laws in the country less than a year ago, and supporters say there are signs it’s starting to work.

Lawmakers already hope to expand the law, which took effect in January after receiving bipartisan support in the Legislature last year. Last month, they passed two bills to build on the law, one to extend some of the its protections to people of color and another to broaden rules against gender-based pay discrimination. Both now sit on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

The new law,...

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