Governor Chris Christie has signed a law that bans “salary secrecy.” The law protects employees from retaliation if they discuss their jobs and compensation with co-workers. Caveat: the purpose of these discussions must be to help in investigating potential discriminatory treatment in “pay, compensation, bonuses, other compensation, or benefits.” The legislation is intended to make it easier to discover wage discrimination, which is more difficult when employees are inhibited from discussing their compensation.
New Jersey employers are prohibited from taking retaliatory action against employees for having disclosed or requested: job titles, occupational categories, rates of compensation, benefits, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin or military status. This requirement is part of a larger bill directed at eradicating gender pay disparity. New Jersey employers are required to post a notice that alerts employees to the right to be free of gender inequity or bias in pay.