Women in the United States working fulltime are paid 80 percent of what men are paid, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

In New York state, women earn 87 cents for every dollar men earn, according to the Washington-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

“Women and people of color deserve to be paid what they’re worth, not held back by their current or previous salary,” said Carmelyn Malalis, commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, also in a statement.

“Today’s law will enable job seekers to negotiate a fair salary based on their skills and will help break the cycle of income inequality that has been so prevalent in the workforce for so long.”

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