With members of the U.S. women's soccer team in the background before the start of a ticker tape parade in their honor, Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks before signing a bill into law Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in New York. The bill will expand a law banning…
With members of the U.S. women's soccer team in the background, Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks before signing a bill into law, July 10, 2019, in New York. The bill expands a law banning gender pay discrimination.

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York state has expanded a state law prohibiting gender pay discrimination, making it illegal to pay someone less based on factors such as race, religion or gender identity. 
 
The new law also changes a legal standard for pay equity to make it easier for employees to prove discrimination in court. 
 
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the changes into law Wednesday in Manhattan, just before joining the U.S. women's soccer team for a parade honoring its World Cup victory. Cuomo says he supports female players in their quest for pay equal to that of male players. 
 
Democratic state Senate leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins says the women's team's lesser pay highlights a fundamental economic problem facing women throughout society. 
 
Cuomo also signed legislation Wednesday barring employers from demanding prospective workers' salary histories.