The Mayor became a friend to activists who were defending the rights of applicants from being requested by new employers to provide a history of their previous salaries. The mayor became a friend when he appended his signature to consent to the law that prohibited the ongoing of these practices. However, this win for the activists was not to be celebrated for long as the chamber of commerce sought to counter it on legal grounds with claims that it was unconstitutional.
According to the explanation of the law, this move was taken as a way of bridging the gap between the salaries earned by men and women. Employers were being barred from using potential employee’s information without their own consent. It also stopped them from directly making inquiries about applicant’s previous payment and barred them from punishing applicants that declined to reveal their previous salary status.
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According to experts, this law is expected and anticipated to affect employers beyond Philly. This is because the language of the rules applies to any person that conducts business in Philadelphia regardless of whether or not they belong to Philly. A heavy penalty of $2000 for each instance will be fined for any enterprise that violates these provisions.
By human nature, this rule became a problem even before its passage into law. Companies came up with complaints, some quoting the first amendment bill being broken. The chamber of commerce tackled their grievances legally by filing a motion in court. However, the judge ruled in favor of the city although this did not happen immediately.
Karl Heideck is a listed attorney by Hire Counsel since 2015. He has earned his position for the hard work he has been doing around Philadelphia for over ten years now. It is when he served as a project attorney for Pepper Hamilton LLP that he acquired invaluable skills for filing and responding to complaints which is why he chose to practice general law. He earned his degree in arts from Swarthmore College in 2003. He then proceeded to Temple University law school where he graduated with a Juris doctor in 2009 when he started practicing professionally.
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