Philadelphia Passes Pay Equity Ordinance

On January 23, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kinney signed legislation (Bill 160840) amending the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance. The bill makes it unlawful for an employer to:

  • Inquire about, or require disclosure of, a prospective employee’s wage history, whether in writing or otherwise;
  • Condition employment or consideration for an interview or employment on disclosure of wage history; or
  • Rely on a prospective employee’s wage history obtained from a current or former employer in determining the individual’s wages at any stage in the employment process, including the negotiation or drafting of any employment contract, unless the applicant knowingly and willingly discloses his or her wage history to the employer.

The ordinance also prohibits retaliation against a prospective employee for failing to provide his or her wage history or for enforcing his or her rights under the law.

The bills goes into effect on May 23, 2017.

Read Bill 160840