In an effort to close the wage gap between men and women, Philadelphia has become the first city to ban employers from asking potential hires to provide their salary history. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed the bill Monday. Since women have historically been paid less than men, it is thought that allowing employers to ask for salary history will continue this cycle. To help put an end to this, the City Council unanimously passed the ordinance back in December.
However, this bill hasn’t gone without criticism. Large corporations in Philadelphia along with the city’s Chamber of Commerce agree that this law takes a step too far in directing employers hiring process. Barring any action taken against it, the bill will officially become law May 23, 2017.