As the United States stands today, there is no such thing as equal pay across genders. Women are paid less than men in most cases. This gap is a major concern in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are pushing for “closer to equal” if not “equal” pay across genders and they have implemented such a law to help fix this problem.
Karl Heideck analyzes and explains this law on http://www.phillypurge.com. He is well versed in law, earning a law degree from James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University in 2009. He was a member of law firms and held high positions. Karl Heideck was a practicing attorney as well. His analysis of this law explains what it contains, who it will affect, and its consequences.
The first thing Karl Heideck talked about was the law itself. In a nutshell, it basically states that companies that do business in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will no longer be able to ask potential employees how much they made at any previous job they may have had. Since companies are really not paying fairly, past wages would be disproportionate among the genders. If the employee gave permission they could ask, but only if initiated by the employee.
Karl Heideck went on to say that any company based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania would be affected. Even if the company itself was outside of Philadelphia, if the business is conducted in Philadelphia then they would be affected as well.
This is another war on inequality that needs to be fixed. I applaud Philadelphia for taking this first step. Discrimination is more than just race. Discrimination can be about your age, your sex, your sexual preference or even your weight. Things that should not matter when it comes to applying for a job. Since this is the first of any such law put into effect, this will be a hard long battle, and this is just the beginning. It could go state by state, city by city or there could eventually be a law put into effect by the supreme court that would put the law into effect in all of the United States at the same time. At any rate, it has started and the fight for gender equality is in the ring.
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