Early in 2017, the city of Philadelphia enacted an ordinance that made it illegal for an employer in the private sector to inquire about a job applicant’s salary history. Prior to the date the ordinance was to go into effect, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia challenged the ordinance, contending it is unconstitutional.
The ordinance does not apply only to businesses located within the city of Philadelphia. The ordinance extends to any enterprise that does business within the city limits. A business that violates the law can end up being fined up to $2,000 be occurrence.
When the lawsuit initially was filed by the Chamber of Commerce, the court decided to stay the operation of the law, pending a resolution of the case in court. Ultimately, after a motion by the city seeking to have the lawsuit dismissed, the court determined that the Chamber of Commerce failed to identify any businesses that would be harmed by the ordinance.
The court has granted the Chamber of Commerce leave, or additional time, to amend the original petition in the lawsuit to demonstrated that certain businesses would be harmed by the ordinance.
At the present time, Karl Heideck, a well-respected litigator in Philadelphia, tends to think that the Chamber of Commerce will lose the case and the law will go into full force and effect.
Heideck not only practices as a litigation lawyer, he also represents clients in other areas of the law that include employment, products liability, and commercial law. He represents clients in regard to regulatory compliance and risk management. He also has established a strong reputation in legal research and writing.
Heideck graduated from the Temple University School of Law. Before attending school at Temple, Heideck obtained a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Swarthmore College.
Heideck represents a wide array of different types of clients. These include businesses, individuals, and organizations.
Karl Heideck now heads up his own law firm. Prior to establishing his own firm, he was on the team at a couple of other area law firms. He serves the legal needs of clients across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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