Case Detail

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia v. City of Philadelphia
On July 28, 2017, WLF filed a brief in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, urging it to enjoin enforcement of a Philadelphia ordinance that prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their wage history. WLF argued that the ordinance violates the First Amendment rights of employers. Philadelphia contends that if employers are permitted to base their salary offers on a job applicant’s current salary, the net effect will be to perpetuate the effects of past workplace discrimination against women. WLF’s brief argued that content-based speech restrictions of this sort are presumptively invalid, and that Philadelphia has produced no studies demonstrating that preventing wage-history inquiries will have any impact on gender-based wage disparities. Several other jurisdictions, including Massachusetts and New York City, have adopted similar laws within the past year.
Case Status:
Awaiting oral argument.
More Information and Downloads:
7/28/2017: Download the Brief

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