Proposed bill prohibits employers from retaliating if employees discuss wages


    A Nebraska lawmaker is looking to make workplaces across the state a more welcoming place to discuss your wages.

    Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks introduced LB217 in the Nebraska Legislature, which prohibits employers from firing employees or otherwise retaliating against them for discussing their wages.

    An excerpt of the language can be found below:

    An employer shall not discharge or in any other manner retaliate against any employee because such employee inquired about, discussed, or disclosed comparative compensation information for the purpose of determining whether the employer is compensating any employee in a manner that provides equal pay for equal work.

    The language points out that someone who has company access to wage information about other employees is prohibited from sharing that information with other people:

    This section shall not apply to instances in which an employee who has authorized access to the wage information of other employees as a part of such employee's job functions discloses the wages of such other employees to an individual who does not otherwise have authorized access to such information, unless such disclosure is in response to a charge or complaint or in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or other action, including an investigation conducted by the employer.

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