In January, Philadelphia banned employers from asking potential hires about their salary histories. Legislative action in Harrisburg could moot the new law.
The idea behind Philadelphia’s ordinance is that divulging a prior salary may result in lower starting pay, perpetuating past pay bias.
Now the Pennisylvania legislature has stepped into the fray. Passed by the Senate and recently sent to the House, the bill would make it illegal to retaliate against employees who complain about pay equity between men and women. It also bars employers from telling employees they must keep their pay secret from co-workers. If enacted, Pennsylvania employers will no longer be allowed to tell workers they can’t discuss salaries. But it would also undo Philadelphia’s law.