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Philadelphia Wage History Ordinance

On May 30, 2017, a federal court dismissed a lawsuit that was delaying the implementation of the Philadelphia Wage History Ordinance. The ordinance was scheduled to take effect on May 23, 2017; however, it was stayed (not put into effect) due to a lawsuit initiated by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.

The ordinance makes it an unlawful employment practice for an employer, employment agency, employee, or agent thereof to inquire about a prospective employee’s wage history, require disclosure of wage history, or condition employment or consideration for an interview or employment on disclosure of wage history. The ordinance also prohibits employers from taking adverse action against an applicant or employee who does not comply with a wage history inquiry. Noncompliant employers are subject to a private court action once administrative remedies are exhausted. If an employer is found to have violated the law, then it will be subject to compensatory and punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, court costs, injunctive relief, and administrative penalties.

Read the Ordinance