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HB18-1378: Equal Pay For Equal Work Act

Women’s Rights
Bill Number: HB18-1378
Year: 2018
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: J. Buckner / J. Danielson / R. Fields / K. Donovan


The bill authorizes the director of the division of labor standards
and statistics in the department of labor and employment (director) to
administer and enforce the law that prohibits an employer from
discriminating against an employee on the basis of sex and to issue

awards to employees and impose penalties on employers for violations.
The bill removes the director’s enforcement authority and instead permits
an aggrieved person to bring a civil action in district court to pursue
remedies specified in the bill. The bill allows exceptions to the
prohibition if the employer demonstrates that a wage differential is based
upon one or more factors including a seniority system, a merit system, or
a system that measures earnings by quantity or quality of production or a
bona fide factor other than sex.
The bill prohibits an employer from discharging or retaliating
against an employee for actions by an employee asserting the rights
established by the bill against an employer.
An employer is required to announce to all employees employment
advancement opportunities and the pay range for the opportunities. The
director is authorized to enforce actions against an employer concerning
transparency in pay and employment opportunities, including fines of
between $500 and $10,000 per violation.0

Current Status:

Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/04/2018)
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs (05/01/18)
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (05/01/18)
House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee (04/30/18)
House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole (04/26/18)
House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations (04/23/18)
Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance (04/10/18)

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