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Earlier this month, the California Fair Pay Act1 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. This remarkable new law, which will go into effect on January 1, 2016, has been hailed as being the strongest wage equality law in the nation, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families. And the facts about this law discussed below reveal just why that is.

What Workers Should Know about the CFPA

  1. The CFPA is a remarkable milestone in the wage equality movement, a Los Angeles employment lawyer explains. Here’s why. Contact us if you’ve been the target of wage theft.

    The CFPA is a remarkable milestone in the wage equality movement, a Los Angeles employment lawyer explains. Here’s why. Contact us if you’ve been the target of wage theft.

    The CFPA provides for equal pay for workers who perform “substantially similar” work – This broadens the state and federal laws regarding pay and gender discrimination, as the statutes pre-existing the CFPA only provided for equal pay for workers with the same job titles. Now, however, doing the same work – rather than holding the same job title – will be the basis for determining when workers should be paid the same rates as others of the opposite gender.

  2. Workers for the same company do not have to work at the same work site to be entitled to equal pay for the same work – This, again, serves to broaden the existing laws, which previously only allowed workers for the same company to be paid equal rates as other workers with the same title at the same job site. Now, however, the location of where the work is being performed is not relevant, so long as the work is being done for the same company. This effectively means (along with the above new right) that a female employee who performs the same work as a male employee for a company will be entitled to equal pay as the male counterpart regardless of job title and the job site.
  3. Workers can discuss wage issues without fear of retaliation – In fact, the CFPA empowers workers to talk about wage issues and question the wages of their co-workers, clarifying that it is illegal for employers to retaliate against these workers for doing so. Should employers take any adverse action against California employees for talking about wages and attempting to assert their rights under the CFPA, the employers can face lawsuits, fines and other punitive actions.

Contact a Los Angeles Employment Lawyer at Moon and Yang Professional Corporation

Have you been the target of wage and hour violations? Or has your employer violated any of your rights? If so, you can turn to an experienced Los Angeles employment lawyer at the Moon and Yang Professional Corporation for aggressive, effective legal advocacy in your pursuit of justice.

At Moon & Yang, our lawyers are trial attorneys with significant experience representing both individuals and businesses in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. We have a strong commitment to our clients and bring substantial experience, legal knowledge and effective resources to both simple and complex legal matters.

To find out more about our services and how we can help you, contact us today by calling (213) 232-3128 or by emailing us using the contact form on this page. From our offices based in Los Angeles, our trusted lawyer provide superior service to clients throughout Southern California, including those in Koreatown, Orange, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Buena Park, Garden Grove and throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

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1: Full text of the CFPA

Categories: Equal Pay, Wage &Hour Violations