Philadelphia’s Fight Over Pay History

How much money did you make at your last job? This common interview question is under national scrutiny for more than the discomfort it provokes in interviewees. Critics argue that it reinforces historical pay discrimination faced by women and minorities by tying their future earnings to disproportionately low past wages. Citing these gender- and race-based wage gaps, the Philadelphia City Council last year passed a wage equity ordinance prohibiting employers from asking about or requiring disclosure of a job applicant’s pay history. The ordinance further maintains that an employer cannot rely on an applicant’s wage history in determining future wages unless the applicant “knowingly and willingly” discloses it. Philadelphia’s City Council is not alone in its efforts. At least six states and four other cities have enacted similar measures. Private companies such as Amazon have made internal policy changes along the same lines. Not all responses from…

Read more detail on Recent Administrative Law posts –

This entry was posted in Administrative law and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply