Q. Are employers allowed to ask employees about their salary history in Philadelphia?

A. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that a Philadelphia city ordinance that prohibits Philadelphia employers from asking applicants about their current or past pay rates is constitutional. In April 2018, a Philadelphia federal court judge held

Last March, I wrote about a lawsuit the EEOC filed against a department store that allegedly refused to hire a woman because she was pregnant.  In the post Thoughtless Comments Make For Easy Pickings,” I noted some interesting accusations contained in the case — including that the pregnant woman claimed she was told that the hiring manager “had not had much luck hiring pregnant women” and that she should re-apply “after giving birth.”
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The California legislature recently passed a bill prohibiting employers – with some specific exceptions – from obtaining and using credit reports to screen candidates and employees. Check out this report at Law360. California becomes not the first, but the sixth state to have passed similar legislation, joining Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Illinois and Maryland. Even more states are considering similar restrictions, and there’s even a proposal before Congress that would do the same thing on a national level. What else? Oh, the EEOC takes the position that the use of credit reports may be biased against minorities and females. Here’s the EEOC’s official take. So, not only may using these reports be unlawful in many states, but you could also face charges of discrimination over the use of credit reports. Finally, don’t forget that the bankruptcy code, which applies nationwide, prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee on the basis of bankruptcy – basically, you can’t fire someone solely because of a bankruptcy, whether your business is a financial institution or not.
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