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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Vetoes Wage History Legislation

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed legislation that would have prohibited employers from requesting salary history information from prospective employees. As previously reported, the prohibition would have been enacted through amendments to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.  In vetoing the bill, Governor Christie reaffirmed his commitment to ending wage discrimination but felt the law, as written, was too broad and “would punish, as discriminatory, otherwise innocuous conduct done with neither discriminatory intent nor a discriminatory impact.”

State Assembly member Joann Downey (D-Monmouth), who authored the bill, reportedly decried Governor Christie’s veto as “an insult to New Jersey women and an insult to middle class families who are suffering because of lost wages caused by the gender wage gap.”

This is not the first time Governor Christie has vetoed legislation aimed at remedying pay discrimination. Governor Christie previously vetoed a bill that would have expanded wage protections, including requiring equal pay for “substantially similar work.”

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K. Joy Chin, Jackson Lewis, wage benefits lawyer, affirmative action attorney
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Joy Chin is a Principal in the Long Island, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Since joining the firm in 1995, her practice has been devoted exclusively to employment law and related litigation and the firm’s regulatory practice.

Ms. Chin has litigated matters before local, state and federal administrative agencies and in state and federal courts. Ms. Chin is a frequent speaker on affirmative action and creating lawful diversity programs and spends much of her time counseling employers on issues relating to diversity,...

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Stacey A. Bastone is an Associate in the Long Island, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She assists companies in the preparation of affirmative action plans for federal contractors including job group analyses, EEO-1 classifications, utilization analyses, compensation analyses and adverse impact analyses.

In addition, Ms. Bastone successfully has defended federal government contractors during audits conducted by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) including claims of pay inequities and disparate impact in employee selection practices. She works closely with national clients to design and implement affirmative action compliance procedures relating to recruitment, applicant tracking, compensation systems and other diversity and affirmative action compliance obligations.

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