Baker to Sign Bill Requiring Equal Pay For Comparable Work

Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to members of the media, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Boston. Baker reiterated that he will not vote for Donald Trump in November and told reporters that he now believes Trump will be his party's nominee after Trump won Tuesday's Indiana primary. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to sign a bill that would require men and women to be paid equally for comparable work.

The Republican will sign the bill during a ceremony at the Statehouse on Monday with top Democratic legislative leaders.

The Massachusetts House and Senate unanimously approved the measure during a rare weekend session sandwiched between the Republican and Democratic national conventions.

Supporters say women are currently paid on average about 82 percent of what their male counterparts make for comparable work in Massachusetts. The bill attempts to define what constitutes comparable work.

The bill also bars employers from asking prospective workers to provide a salary history, though salary information could be offered voluntarily.

The bill’s supporters say Massachusetts would be the first state to adopt that provision.

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