South Carolina Legislators Propose Pay Equity Law

Bills introduced in both houses of the General Assembly aim to allow applicants and employees to sue employers for unequal pay. The Act to Establish Pay Equity (S.372 and H.3615), proposed and supported by the South Carolina Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network, would require equal pay across all protected classes. The legislation would prohibit employers from conducting wage history inquiries or relying on an applicant’s wage history in employment considerations. In addition, it would impose new wage transparency requirements and mandate that employers disclose to an applicant a position’s wage range at the earliest of three specified circumstances. A civil penalty of between $1,000 and $5,000 for each violation could be imposed on employers.

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