Philadelphia, PA April 7, 2017 – Yesterday the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit in Federal Court seeking an injunction to prevent Philadelphia’s wage equity law from being enacted on May 23, 2017. They are also seeking to invalidate the law based on protection of freedom of speech.
The wage equity law prevents employers from inquiring about an applicants salary history.
The legislation is aimed at eliminating the wage gap between men and women. According to the United
States Census Bureau 2015 report, women in Pennsylvania are paid 79 cents for every dollar a man
makes. This wage gap persists regardless of industry, occupation, and education level.
Councilman Greenlee is confident the City will prevail in court.
Councilman Greenlee addressed the issue in City Council yesterday:
Click on these links to view the complaint made by the Chamber of Commerce (Complaint – Chamber of Commerce v City of Phila) and lawsuit (Preliminary Injunction – Chamber of Commerce v City of Phila)
Additional information from local media: