Regarding Pay Equality

Last updated: Apr 12, 2019

Details about this bill
Category: Wage and Labor
Status: Passed
Sponsor: Senator Catherine Breen, Senate 25 - Cumberland County
Session: 129
Bill #: LD 278

Position:

Opposed.

UPDATE: Governor Mills has signed the bill. It will take effect 90 days post-adjournment.

UPDATE: Committee amended the bill to give Maine DOL some latitude in issuing a warning instead of a penalty, but we wish it was more clear. Committee passed the bill along party lines.

Summary:

This bill amends the Maine Human Rights Act to provide that evidence of discrimination with respect to compensation includes an employer seeking information about a prospective employee's prior wage history before an offer of employment, including all compensation, to the prospective employee has been made. It provides that this discrimination is also evidenced by an employer requiring that a prospective employee's prior compensation history meet certain criteria. The bill broadens a provision in the current equal pay law to prohibit an employer from preventing employees from discussing or disclosing other employees' wages and makes the practice a violation of the Maine Human Rights Act as well.