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New York’s New Equal Pay Laws: A Know-Your-Rights Toolkit

Knowledge is power. This toolkit is designed to help New Yorkers understand their rights under the State’s new salary history ban and its updated equal pay law. It explains what these laws do and provides answers to some frequently-asked questions about how these laws work. Understanding these laws can help you figure out whether you’re being underpaid and take action if you are.

  • In June 2019, New York State passed a ban on the use of salary history in hiring and promotion. This law went into effect on January 6, 2020.
  • In June 2019, New York State also passed a law prohibiting employers from paying employees less based on a broad range of characteristics beyond sex if they perform “substantially similar work” as their colleagues who are not in that protected class. This law went into effect on October 8, 2019.

If you have any questions about your rights under these, or other workplace laws, A Better Balance is here to help through our free, confidential legal helpline at 1-833-NEED-ABB.

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