equal pay

Philadelphia To Ban Employers From Asking Salary History

Dec 8, 2016
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Philadelphia will soon ban employers from asking job applicants for their salary history.

Supporters have argued such questions perpetuate pay discrimination against women and minorities.

Councilman Bill Greenlee, a Democrat who sponsored the legislation, told The Philadelphia Inquirer "it's about fairness."

He said employers should base the salary offer on what the job is worth and what experience the applicant brings.

A spokesman for Mayor Jim Kenney said he will sign it into law.

Women have been breaking all sorts of glass ceilings recently.

The Harsh Numbers Behind Women’s Pay Inequality In Pennsylvania

Aug 29, 2016
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Pennsylvania continues to be one of the worst states in the nation for a woman seeking equal pay.

Employers in Massachusetts will be barred from forcing prospective employees to divulge how much they were making at their last job. The change, effective in 2018, is part of a sweeping new equal pay measure Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law on Aug. 1.

The law's goal is to prevent women from being stuck in a cycle of low salaries.

Art Store's Prices Reflect Gender Wage Gap

Apr 1, 2015
Courtesy Photo/ Elana Schlenker

Gentlemen, beware: the owner of a new Pittsburgh art store will be charging you extra.

Elana Schlenker wants her pop-up store “76<100” to raise awareness about the fact that, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the median earnings of a female full-time worker in Pennsylvania is 76 cents to every dollar earned by a man. To make her point,  Schlenker will charge men full price for the artwork she sells, while women will receive a 24 percent discount.