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Posted on: March 10, 2020

Guidance Issued on Equal Pay Act

The Office of the Attorney General, Division on Civil Rights, issued guidance on the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act. It provides protection against employment discrimination and promotes equal pay for all groups protected by the LAD.

This week, the Office of the Attorney General, Division on Civil Rights (DCR) issued guidance on the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act. As the may recall, the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act (Act) modified the State’s Law Against Discrimination (LAD) to provide protection against employment discrimination and promote equal pay for all groups protected by the LAD. It prohibits an employer from paying an employee who is a member of a LAD-protected class less than what it pays an employee who is not a member of that LAD-protected class for substantially similar work. 

Although the law took effect on July 1, 2018, the DCR released its guidance this week. The guidance document does not impose any new or additional requirements under the LAD, nor does it provide additional rights or obligations under the law. The purpose of the guidance is to clarify and explain the DCR’s understanding of existing legal requirements to facilitate compliance with the LAD.

Please review this guidance document with your employment attorney and anyone within your municipality responsible for hiring employees.

Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., Associate General Counsel, fmarshall@njlm.org, 609-695-3481 x137.


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