Federal judge says Chamber of Commerce can’t sue over Philly wage-equity law

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 Philadelphia Councilman Bill Greenlee introduced the legislation as a way to close the gap between what men and women are paid for comparable positions. (NewsWorks file)

Philadelphia Councilman Bill Greenlee introduced the legislation as a way to close the gap between what men and women are paid for comparable positions. (NewsWorks file)

A federal judge come to a decision in a suit about a Philadelphia law preventing companies from asking prospective employees about their salary histories.  But the ruling might not end the fight.

U.S. District Judge Mitchell Goldberg ruled the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce does not have the proper standing to file suit to stop the wage-equity law.  

Philadelphia Councilman Bill Greenlee introduced the legislation as a way to close the gap between what men and women are paid for comparable positions.  

“We’ll see how the chamber responds,” Greenlee said Wednesday. “We feel it’s a good law, the law department agrees, and I guess the ball is in the chamber’s court now.”

A spokesman for Mayor Jim Kenney said the administration will not implement the law if the chamber decides to file an amended complaint.

The chamber is reviewing the judge’s ruling.

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