Equal Pay Law

August 2016 marked the signing of historic equal pay legislation, giving Massachusetts one of the most expansive pay equity laws in the country. Beginning in July 2018, employers in Massachusetts are no longer allowed to ask employees about salary history, the first ban of its kind in the United States. The new law simultaneously promotes salary transparency, incentivizes internal audits for wage gaps, and requires equal pay for comparable work. The legislation passed in Massachusetts, which has been in the pipeline for almost 20 years, has become a model nationwide.

For questions or concerns about enforcement and protections under the law, please contact the Attorney General's Office at (617) 727-2200 or view the AGO's Equal Pay Act Guidance

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