Oct 6, 2015
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While surrounded by women and girls at Rosie the Riveter-WWII Home Front National Historical Park, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act (Senate Bill 358), said to be one of the nation’s toughest gender equity laws.

The governor joined local and state leaders as well as community members at Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South. The event was open to invited guests and credentialed media only.

Senate Bill 358, by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, aims to close gaps in existing law by ensuring women are paid the same as men for “substantially similar” work rather than “exactly the same” work. The latter statement allowed for “a lot of excuses” by employers, according to the Sacramento Bee, quoting Jackson. When facing lawsuits, employers will have to prove they were paying a male worker more for “legitimate” reasons such as seniority or merit.

Additionally, SB358 prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who disclose their wages, allowing men and women to compare pay without risking lawsuits.

The photo above is courtesy of Rosie the Riveter-WWII Home Front National Historical Park.


  1. Girls Incorporated of West Contra Costa County teaches girls that they have the right to prepare for interesting work and economic independence. By signing the California Fair Act today, Governor Brown has ensured an equitable bright future for our girls and women everywhere!

    Tiffany Harris | Oct 6th, 2015

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.