New Jersey Looks to Strengthen Pay-Equity Laws

New Jersey women typically make 81 cents for every dollar paid to men, a penny more than the nationwide average, according to the National Women’s Law Center. The proposed New Jersey bill would make it easier for employees to win pay-discrimination cases, said Andrea Johnson, senior counsel for state policy at the women’s law center. Workers would have to show that they were paid unequally for “substantially similar” work, rather than the previous standard of “substantially equal” work. “Equal work sometimes gets interpreted very narrowly to be exactly the same work,” she said. “That’s not the reality of workplaces and how work is done.”