- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts lawmakers are preparing to take a final vote on a bill aimed at ensuring pay equity between men and women in the workplace.

Pay variations could still exist under the bill based on factors like seniority or systems that measures earnings based on production or sales.

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

Massachusetts would be the first state to adopt such a provision.

The measure would also let employees discuss their current pay with co-workers without facing repercussions.

A final vote to send the bill to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is expected Saturday.

Lawmakers say women are currently paid on average about 82 percent of what their male counterparts make for similar work.

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