California Commission on Women and Girls

Pay Equity Task Force


Beginning in January of 2016, the State of California took the lead in addressing the wage gap that continues to bedevil the jobs women hold and careers they pursue.
She Negotiates co-founder, Victoria Pynchon, was chosen to help the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls roll out the new California Pay Equity law to employees and employers alike. As a member of the Commission’s Pay Equity Task Force, Victoria was responsible for community outreach, assuring that every woman and every employer in the state of California understands the rights and remedies created by the new law.

In the sidebar are to two articles describing the 2016 law and 2017 amendment that requires employers to:

  • Pay its male and female employees the same wages for “substantially similar work, when viewed as a composite of skill, effort, and responsibility, and performed under similar working conditions” except in those cases where the employer is able to prove the gap is not caused by gender;

  • Maintain records of the wages and wage rates, job classifications, and other terms.

  • Insure that pay disparities between men and women are not based “solely on salary history” because that history “may reflect widespread, longstanding, gender-based wage disparities in the labor market.”

 The Commission just recently published the work of the Task Force and has been disbanded. We were incredibly pleased with the results. Check it out on the Commission’s site here and in the sidebar.

If you’re not working in California, see the AAUW Guide to Equal Pay Acts in the sidebar and here.