Philadelphia's Wage Equity Ordinance Goes into Effect

Philadelphia's Wage Equity Ordinance

Philadelphia's Wage Equity Ordinance

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Philadelphia, PAWage Equity Ordinance - On September 1, 2020, The City of Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) will start enforcing the cities Wage Equity Ordinance. Which prohibits employers from asking job candidates for his or her salary records or making use of salary records to set the candidates' wages.


 

Philadelphia is one of the first cities in the nation to pass such a regulation, meant to narrow the wage gap for women and minorities.

Mayor Jim Kenney signed the law into legislation on January 23, 2017, soon after passage by Philadelphia's City Council.

However, back in February 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit overturned a lower court decision which had prohibited the City from implementing the Ordinance.

Shortly after, the Ordinance faced a First Amendment challenge brought by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, in which the City won.

The decision to allow the Ordinance has had ramifications for states and cities throughout the country, which have approved similar laws and regulations.

 


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