Wage-gap Bill

SAN FRANCISCO: California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on Tuesday aimed at closing the wage gap between men and women, a law that supporters say is among the strongest in the country.

Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond at the Rosie the Riveter National Historic Park, which honours women who worked in factories during World War II. The Bill, authored by Democratic state Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, prohibits employees from facing retaliation for discussing their pay rates at work.

It also allows workers to challenge disparities in pay between people doing similar jobs or doing the same jobs at different work sites for the same company.