SACRAMENTO (AP) — California could further strengthen its equal pay protections under a bill passed by state lawmakers.

The state Assembly voted Monday to prohibit employers from asking applicants what they were paid at previous jobs. The Assembly voted 56-8 to send the bill to the Senate.

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Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill in 2015. He said at the time the measure would prevent employers from seeking relevant information without sufficient evidence it would fix wage disparities between men and women.

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Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman says her bill will prevent past wage discrimination from keeping down a person’s future wages.

The Stockton Democrat says U.S. women on average are paid 80 percent of men’s wages. Her bill would also require private employers give applicants pay scale information.

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