Regarding Pay Equality

Last updated: Jul 20, 2017

Details about this bill
Category: Wage and Labor
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Senator Catherine Breen, Senate 25 - Cumberland County
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 1259

Position:

Opposed.

UPDATE: The Senate voted 20-11 on the veto. 24 votes were needed to override. The veto has been sustained and the bill is dead.

UPDATE: This bill has been vetoed. As of July 3, the Senate has not yet reconsidered the veto.

UPDATE: This bill has been passed and is awaiting action by Governor LePage.

 

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.