Equal pay for equal work bill passes, heads to Governor’s desk

- FILE - State Capitol building in Hartford. (WTNH / Noelle Gardner)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Dannel Malloy is applauding the final passage of legislation he introduced that was designed to narrow wage gaps among Connecticut’s workforce by halting “pay secrecy.” This is a practice makes it easier for employers to get away with income discrimination.

The bill was approved in the House of Representatives last week. It passed in the Senate Wednesday afternoon. Now it heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature. Governor Malloy says women deserve the same pay for the same work, it’s that simple.

Under the legislation, it will become illegal for employers to prohibit their employees from disclosing their own compensation information or inquiring about the wages of another employee.

The Governor explained that the legislation does not require employers or employees to disclose wages, but rather it prohibits rules that prevent employees from disclosing that information on their own accord.  As of 2014, at least ten other states have enacted laws to combat pay secrecy policies.





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