As women across the country continue to fight for equal pay, one courageous California Senator is working hard to extend equal pay for minorities as well.
A California State Senator wants to boost pay protection in the state by adding race to the current equal pay legislation. California already protects pay by gender, but Sen. Isadore Hall thinks a pay proposal regarding race is also necessary and is working to pass such a law.
Hall’s proposal would be an addition to California’s current fair pay law that requires employers justify any pay discrepancies between men and women who do “substantially similar” work. Hall would like to add “race or ethnicity” to the requirement as well.
“No one should be paid less than what they’re worth and no one should be discriminated against because of the hue of their skin or their gender,” said Hall, a Democrat, in a statement. “This is the most robust racial equality bill in the nation.”
California’s existing pay law, passed last year, is already considered the toughest of its kind. The law permits “employees to openly discuss their compensation and challenge pay gaps between men and women. Hall’s proposal, scheduled to be heard in committee for the first time Wednesday, would permit workers to challenge racially disparate pay, too,” reports Yahoo.