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Law promoting equal pay for women heads to governor's desk

Legislation to promote equal pay for women is heading to the New Jersey Governor's desk. 

The bill, sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt and Joann Downey, advanced out of the Assembly and Senate Monday.

It calls for strengthening protections against employment discrimination and promoting equal pay for equal women. The bill aims to amend the current law -- Law Against Discrimination (LAD) -- to make it an unlawful practice for employers to discriminate against employees by paying a certain class a lower rate of compensation and benefits. 

“Equal pay is vital for hardworking families in New Jersey, many of which increasingly rely on women’s earnings to make ends meet,” said Downey in a news release. “When women bring home less money, it means it can be difficult to provide everyday needs of their families such as groceries, rent, and child care.”

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