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Paycheck parity: Assembly backs equal pay for women

Paycheck parity: Assembly backs equal pay for women

California lawmakers on Thursday approved a measure intended to help female employees receive the equal pay to their male counterparts. Current state law, enacted in 1949, requires employers to pay women and men equal wages if they perform equal work in the same establishment. Pay differentials are allowed only if based on factors other than an employee’s sex, such as seniority, merit, experience or education.   But lawmakers and wonen's rights advocates say there are loopholes in this law which prevent female employees from fully exercising their right to equal pay. The proposal, by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), would prohibit employers...

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