'Fair Pay' gaining steam as bill passes out of committee

Apr 22, 2015

Credit Jessica Paterson

A bill aimed at closing the wage gap between men and women in California passed out of a major committee today. If signed, SB 358 would become the strongest equal pay law in the U.S. according to Jackson.

The California Fair Pay Act would ensure women are paid the same as their male colleagues for comparable work.

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D- Santa Barbara) authored the bill and said it would be the toughest equal pay legislation in the nation because it protects women from being retaliated against should they ask and object to what their male colleges make.

"It's a bill that actually will promote fair pay and eliminate the wage gap between women and men in California and it will do so that we are not judged by our gender," said Jackson.

The bill passed out of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee 4 - 0.

KCBX reached out to State Senator Jeff Stone (R- Murrieta) who chose to abstain from Wednesday's vote, but did not hear back.

The bill now heads to the judiciary committee.