NJ Gov. Signs Equal Pay Bill Amid Debate Over Impact

Law360 (April 24, 2018, 8:46 PM EDT) -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed into law a bill aimed at promoting equal pay for workers regardless of race or gender, which supporters praised as a way to reduce the pay gap while others warned the law is vague and a "litigation magnet."

The law, which was promoted as targeting the gender pay gap, prohibits pay discrimination against anyone who belongs to a protected class, prevents employers from basing wages on an employee's past salary, allows employees to collect treble damages and makes it possible to go after up to six years of back pay.

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