Attorney Karl Heideck Explains The Legal Issues Around Philadelphia’s New Hiring Law

An attorney in Philadelphia, Karl Heideck wrote an article about the legal case surrounding the city’s new law regarding salary history. The law went on the books at the beginning of 2017 and was a victory for workers’ rights advocates. The mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney, signed it into law on January 23rd. This law, which is the first in the nation, makes it illegal for prospective employers to ask about what an applicants salary history is.

Within weeks of the law being signed lawyers for the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia filed a legal challenge against the law arguing that it was unconstitutional. Their argument is that the law is an infringement on their first amendment rights.

The court the lawsuit was first heard in stayed the law after the hearing. This led to the city of Philadelphia putting a voluntary postponement on the law until the matter was resolved. However, the city then filed a motion where they asked that the lawsuit should be dismissed and the court agreed with them.

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Karl Heideck says that the ruling made sense. He says there was no proof that any businesses were hurt by the ruling nor was it unconstitutional in his legal opinion. He says there will likely be future compliance issues with the law but he expects companies will mostly comply with the new law.

Karl Heideck earned his law degree in 2009 at the James E. Beasley School of Law located on the campus of Temple University. In his final year he made Dean’s List at this institution. He started his legal career at the law firm Conrad O’Brien. While there he focused on commercial litigation cases. His role included both researching and analyzing documents regarding the cases he was working on as well as discovery investigation.

At Grant & Eisenhofer, PA in Wilmington, Delaware, Karl Heideck is now a contract attorney, a position he has filled for over two years. His cases at this law firm involve both banking litigation and securities fraud. He also engages in risk management and compliance issues in companies in the surrounding region.

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