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City of Philadelphia

Wage Equity Ordinance

When you apply for a job in Philadelphia, it is illegal for employers to ask about or require you to disclose your wage history or to use that information to determine your wages.


A prospective employer may not ask for your wage history or require you to disclose your wage history before granting you an interview or during the application process.

A prospective employer may not rely on your wage history in determining your wages.

A prospective employer may not retaliate against you for refusing to disclose your wage history.

For purposes of this law, wages are defined as all earnings, including but not limited to:

  • Salary (however calculated)
  • Fringe benefits (such as insurance, use of company car, reimbursement for travel)
  • Bonuses, including overtime pay
  • Insurance
  • Commission
  • Retirement benefits
  • Stock options

You may choose to voluntarily disclose your wage history to a prospective employer. For example, you can voluntarily provide your wage history if you feel it is in your best interest. But an employer cannot prompt or encourage you into disclosing prior wages.

Read the FAQ

Wage Equity FAQ PDF