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New Jersey Equal Pay Act

New Jersey’s Equal Pay Act goes into effect on July 1, 2018. Governor Phil Murphy’s office is heralding the bill as “the most sweeping equal pay legislation in America.”

The bill strengthens protections against employment discrimination and promotes equal pay for all groups. In particular, it amends the Law Against Discrimination (LAD) to prohibit employers from providing less compensation – including benefits – to members of the protected classes for similar work. If there are pay discrepancies, employers will have to be able to show a difference in education and experience.

The bill also makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees for discussing pay rates with one another. Women who seek damages in court would be allowed to recoup lost wages for up to six years – three times longer than the federal law’s two-year cap.

Our attorneys have obtained successful settlements for a variety of workplace discrimination claims. If you think you are experiencing wage discrimination contact partners Keith Leonard or Michael Tinari by calling (856) 273-6679.

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