Oregon state government is committed
to fair employment practices and non-discrimination, including pay
equity, for all employees. The Pay Equity Project includes an Equal Pay
Analysis of current state employees as well as changes in hiring
processes associated with setting initial new hire rates.
The Pay Equity law,
was signed into law June 1, 2017 by Governor Kate Brown. This makes
it unlawful for any Oregon employer:
- To discriminate between employees, in wages and other compensation for “work of a comparable character,” on the basis of a protected class;
- To seek or use the salary history of an applicant before an employment and salary offer has been made;
- To screen applicants on the basis of current or past compensation; or
- To determine compensation for a position based on current or past compensation of a prospective employee.