Continuing his streak of signing liberal legislation into law, Gov. Phil Murphy last month enacted the "Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act," which protects women and minorities in the state from workplace discrimination.
Employers who pay one person more than another will now have to justify, if challenged, how the better-compensated employee's is better in terms of experience and education.
The new law is named after the longtime state senator who left her broadcasting job in 1994 after filing gender and age discrimination complaints with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. Allen retired from the Senate in January.
But how will the law work?
Elaine Zundl, research director for the Rutgers Center for Women and Work at the School of Management and Labor Relations, answered NJ Advance Media's questions.
Here's what you need to know:
Former state Senator Diane Allen listens as Gov. Phil Murphy signs into law the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act on April 24, which promotes equal pay among all groups of people in the state of New Jersey. (Andrew Maclean | NJ Advance Media)