Nev.: State Senate Passes Bill To Curb Pay Discrimination Against Women

By SHRM Online staff Apr 24, 2015
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The Nevada Senate unanimously passed a bill that would give workers additional time to file a complaint for employment discrimination. Under the new bill, workers would have 300 days to file a complaint after any of the following events occurs: (1) a decision or practice resulting in discriminatory compensation is adopted; (2) a person becomes subject to such a decision or practice; or (3) a person is affected by an application of such a decision or practice, including, without limitation, each payment of wages, benefits or other compensation that is affected by the decision or other practice.

The bill also would revise the powers of the Nevada Equal Rights Commission to order remedies for unlawful employment practices. The commission would be able to award back pay for a period beginning two years before the date of the filing of a complaint regarding an unlawful employment practice and ending on the date the commission issues an order regarding the complaint.

Employers, employment agencies and labor organizations would be prohibited from discriminating against any person with respect to employment or membership, as applicable, for inquiring about, discussing or disclosing information about wages.

If after investigating a complaint, the commission concludes that an unfair employment practice did not occur, it would have to notify the person who filed the complaint of its decision. The commission also would have to inform complainant that he or she had 90 days to apply to the district court for relief.

The bill has been sent to the Nevada State Assembly for consideration.

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