Sign: Portland OregonLegislation that will ensure women are paid the same rate as men for the same work is headed to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown for her signature.

House Bill 2005, which was amended by the Senate last week, unanimously re-passed the House Monday.

“Oftentimes we don’t get the opportunity to stand together on an issue that started out extremely contentious,” said Rep. Jodi Hack, R-Salem, referring to an hours-long House debate on the bill’s first version.

The legislation, called the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017, expands upon existing federal law, which provides protections explicitly for women.

It requires that differences in compensation among employees must be based on job-related reasons such as merit, seniority, quantity or quality of production, workplace locations, travel, education, training or experience.

It expands protected classes beyond gender to include race, color, religion, sexual orientation including perceived or actual gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, age and veteran status.

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