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January 31 2017

Philadelphia to Prohibit Inquiries About Applicant's Wage History

The Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance (Ordinance) is being amended to make it an unlawful employment practice for an employer or employment agency to inquire about various aspects of a prospective employee's wage history. The city is the first to ban employers to do so.

Enforced by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, ignoring the laws under the Ordinance could result in substantial fines and criminal penalties.