Agenda Item 9A
February 3, 2015
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 51-14, Discriminatory Employment
Disclosure - Prohibited
Retaliation for Wage
Health and Human Services Committee recommendation (3-0):
enact the Bill as introduced.
Bill 51-14, Discriminatory Employment Practices - Retaliation for Wage Disclosure
Prohibited, sponsored by then Vice President Leventhal and Councilmembers Navarro, EIrich,
Riemer, Berliner, and Hucker, was introduced on October 28,2014. The Council held a public
hearing on December 2, 2014 and a Health and Human Services Committee worksession was held
on January 15.
Women continue to earn less pay than men for similar work in the workplace. Although,
equal pay for equal work is mandated by Federal, State, and County law, an employee's ability to
assert a right to equal pay may be impeded by lack of information. In certain circumstances, an
employee may suffer retaliation by an employer for discussing the employee's salary or the salary
of another employee.
Bill 51-14 would prohibit an employer from retaliating against an employee for disclosing
the wages of the employee or another employee.
would also establish certain exceptions to the
prohibition against retaliation for wage disclosures. For example, an employer would still be
permitted to discipline a human resources employee who has access to the wages of other
employees as part of his or her position for disclosing this information if
not done for an
appropriate business purpose. Bill 51-14 would add this prohibition to the County employment
discrimination laws. The County Office of Human Rights would enforce this provision as it does
other employment discrimination laws.