Massachusetts lawmakers may soon work to bridge the wage gap between men and women. Legislation heard today in the Labor Committee seeks to bring pay equity to women and minority workers.

Beyond offering ways to strengthen existing pay fairness laws already on the books, the bill requires employment advertisements to show the minimum amount a job would pay, to prevent employers from short-changing anyone once they get the job. It would also allow employees to freely discuss what they earn to shed light on any groups who may be routinely underpaid.

Advocates hope the bill makes it out of committee for a full debate by the Legislature this fall.