This bill would make it illegal for employers to retaliate against an employee for discussing compensation information (i.e. how much they make). Retaliation could come in the form of firing or other forms of punishment.
By bolstering the enforcement of requirements in the Equal Pay Act and protecting open discussion, this bill hopes to help employees find out if their colleagues are getting equal pay for equal work.
All the same, this provision doesn't protect employees who have access to the compensation details of other employees as part of their job, and who then disclose that information to other employees who wouldn’t otherwise have access to that information. The only time such a disclosure would be permitted is in response a complaint or during the course of an investigation.