Case Detail

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia v. City of Philadelphia
On April 30, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania enjoined enforcement of a Philadelphia ordinance that prohibited employers from asking job applicants how much they were paid in prior jobs. The court ruled that the First Amendment prohibited the speech restriction in the absence of substantial evidence from Philadelphia that wage-history inquiries perpetuate salary discrimination against women and racial minorities. The decision was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief urging the court to strike down the ordinance as an unwarranted content-based restriction on truthful speech. The court agreed with WLF that while Philadelphia is entitled to regulate use of wage information, it may not prohibit truthful speech requesting wage information. The court noted that employers have many legitimate uses for wage information, including using the information in deciding who should be offered employment.
Case Status:
Victory. Monitoring for possible appeal.
More Information and Downloads:
7/28/2017: Download the Brief

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