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New Jersey Governor Signs Sweeping Pay Equity Act Into Law

As anticipated, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed into law the Diane B. Allen Pay Equity Act (the “Act”).  The Act will take effect on July 1, 2018, giving employers approximately two months to review their policies to ensure compliance.

As we previously reported, the Act will, among other things, make it an unlawful employment practice to pay employees of any protected class under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”) at a lesser rate than other employees who perform “substantially similar work” unless the differential is based on a legitimate business reason.  The Act also will extend the LAD’s statute of limitations period for compensation-related claims from 2 years to 6 years, and expand the definition of retaliation under the LAD to include protections for employees who request, discuss, or disclose information regarding job title, occupational category, rate of compensation, and/or the protected class(es) of the employee him- or herself or any other current or former employee of their employer.

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Evandro Gigante, Labor Attorney, Proskauer Rose Law FIrm
Senior Counsel

Evandro Gigante is a Senior Counsel in the Labor & Employment Law Department. He represents and counsels clients through a variety of labor and employment matters, including allegations of race, gender, national origin, disability and religious discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, defamation, and breach of contract. Evandro also counsels employers in connection with reductions in force and wage-and-hour issues, and advises clients on restrictive covenant issues, including, for example, confidentiality, non-compete, and non-solicit agreements. 

Laura M. Fant, Labor & Employment Attorney, Proskauer Law Firm

Laura M. Fant is an Associate in the Labor & Employment Department, resident in the New York office. She is a member of the Accessibility and Accommodations Practice Group, and frequently counsels on matters involving the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state public accommodation law, as well as disability accommodation in the workplace. She has experience conducting accessibility audits and providing ADA and accessibility training for clients in a variety of sectors, including retail, sports, and not-for-profit. Her practice also focuses on wage and hour and class and collective action litigation, and she is a frequent contributor to the Proskauer on Class and Collective Actions blog.

Maryssa Mataras, Proskauer Law Firm, Newark, Labor and Employment Litigation Attorney

Maryssa A. Mataras is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department. Maryssa assists clients in a broad spectrum of employment litigation and counseling matters. 

Prior to joining Proskauer, Maryssa served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Anne M. Patterson of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

While in law school, Maryssa was an executive board member of the Seton Hall Law Review and the President of the Employment Law Society. She was also the recipient of the Excellence in Constitutional Law and...