- This change has passed.
California: Wage discrimination protections for race and ethnicity go into effect
January 1, 2017
On September 30, 2016, Gov. Brown signed a law amending the state’s wage discrimination law to include discrimination based on race and ethnicity. Prior to the amendment, the wage law extended only to discrimination based on sex. Now, employers are prohibited from paying employees wage rates less than employees of different races or ethnicities if the employees perform substantially similar work unless the employers can establish specific and reasonably applied factors that justify the difference.
For more information, read CA Senate Bill 1063.