When the new salary law was passed in January 2017 in Philadelphia, one of the top business lawyers in the municipality Karl Heideck followed the aftermath of the announcement and gave a detailed report on the case. According to Karl Heideck, the salary law that was passed prohibits employers from asking potential employees about their salary history. The reason this law was passed is to bring transparency in the hiring process which for a long time have been skewed to oppress the marginalized groups. When it was announced, the law caused major controversy in the municipality with employers seeing it as a move to limit them from access information regarding the people they were required to employ.
Karl Heideck took time to give his opinion about the law. He states that, according to him, the law was meant to close the gender pay gap that existed in the United States for a very long time. Historically, men are paid better than women even when the job description for both is the same. This culture had created room for employers to continue undermining the female gender, by offering them lower pay whenever they sought employment in new places. What happened in most cases is that employers are only willing to add a particular percentage to the salary one was earning in the previous job. So, when a woman goes to look for a new job, her salary is already low compared to that of the man when the employer goes ahead to add a particular fixed percentage to both, the salary of the man will still be more than that of the man.
What the legislators in the state of Philadelphia hoped for is that they could close this gap and have all people seeking a job irrespective of the gender have the platform to discuss their salaries. This could only be achieved by ensuring that the employer does not have access to the salary history of the employee. Before this law, it was suicidal for an employee to refuse to release his or her salary history as most employers would flatly reject their job proposals.
About Karl Heideck
Karl Heideck as a lawyer studied at the James E. Beasley School of law. He graduated from the institution in 2009. Before that, he had a degree in English at the Swarthmore College. Karl Heideck is an author of legal articles and other legal scholarly works. He is also known for being very active on social media.
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