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Philadelphia to ban employers from asking salary history

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 8, 2016 3:39 PM
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(Philadelphia)_Philadelphia will soon ban employers from asking job applicants for their salary history.
Supporters say such questions perpetuate pay discrimination against women and minorities.

Councilman Bill Greenlee, a Democrat who sponsored the legislation, tells The Philadelphia Inquirer "it's about fairness."

He says employers should base the salary offer on what the job is worth and what experience the applicant brings.

A spokesman says Mayor Jim Kenney will sign it into law.

Philadelphia officials got the idea from the state legislature in Massachusetts, which passed its own salary-history legislation this summer.

Similar bills have been introduced to state legislatures in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. New York's City Council is also considering the measure.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women make 79 cents for every dollar made by men.

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