How much are women and people of color paid where you work? And how does that stack up against their colleagues who work similar jobs? Now, unless you’re surrounded by very chatty co-workers, you probably don’t know the answer. But today, for the first time, many employers face a government deadline to disclose what employees are paid broken down by gender and race. This is aimed at addressing pay gaps. NPR’s Yuki Noguchi has the story.

YUKI NOGUCHI, BYLINE: The new data give the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission a window into how much employers pay their female and minority workers. The agency already collects annual demographic data from employers. Companies with a hundred or more employees are required to disclose the number of workers in various job categories broken down by gender, race and ethnicity. Now that report will include data about what employees are paid.

Emily Martin is a vice president at the National Women’s Law Center. She says this new rule will spur some employers to identify and correct where some people are paid less for comparable work.

EMILY MARTIN: There’s nothing like knowing that somebody is watching to motivate you to make sure you’re doing the right thing.

NOGUCHI: And for those that aren’t, she says the data will help regulators identify companies with the biggest problems.

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