Quijano Introduces Bill to Prohibit Companies That Pay Women Less Than Men from Receiving EDA Incentives

Assemblywoman Annette Quijano has introduced legislation to prohibit the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) from providing financial assistance to businesses that engage in gender discrimination.

The bill (A-3832) would ensure that any business utilizing financial incentives does not discriminate on the basis of sex by paying a rate of compensation, including benefits, to employees of one sex less than the rate paid to employees of the other sex for substantially similar work when taking into consideration skill, effort and responsibility.

“Our economic incentive programs are an extension of our values as a state,” said Quijano (D-Union). “This bill would say, resoundingly, that New Jersey does not support discriminatory pay practices and that any company that wants to use economic assistance from taxpayers must conduct business in a way that is fair to all employees.”