Pay equity has become an important issue in California employment law. It is now a concept of both general fairness and discrimination. For example, employers may not ask about prior salary history because it has been linked to discriminatory factors and reliance on it perpetuates that discrimination.
Similarly, the California Equal Pay Act (EPA) requires employers to set benchmark pay scales for jobs to ensure people of different genders or ethnicities aren’t subjected to differential pay for the same job. The EPA isn’t clear on whether an employer can have different pay scales for the same job based on geographical