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Concerning enforcement of the equal pay act and worker communications about wages and employment opportunities (Cleveland, Keiser, Frockt)

Updates the existing state equal pay act to: (1) Address income disparities, employer discrimination, and retaliation practices; and (2) Reflect the equal status of all workers in the
state.

SUMMARY OF 1ST SUBSTITUTE COMPARED TO ORIGINAL BILL
(1) Modifies the Equal Pay Act to prohibiting discrimination in compensation, with includes discretionary and nondiscretionary wages and benefits and describes when employees are similarly employed and a pay differential is allowable based in good faith on bona fide job-related factors. (2) Prohibits discrimination related to career advancement opportunities and certain workplace practices related to nondisclosure of wages. (3) Requires investigation by Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). (4) Provides for remedies, including damages and civil penalties assessed by L&I, and civil action brought by an employee.

Hearing Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 -- 1:30 pm

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5140&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)