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Chamber files new suit, leaving city’s wage equity law on hold


For months, Philadelphia’s chamber of commerce has said a broad coalition of businesses were opposed to the city’s new wage equity law — while declining to provide names for most of those concerned business owners.

Two weeks ago, a judge pointed out the deficiency when he tossed out a suit the chamber filed opposing the law, saying it hadn’t identified a single business the law would harm. This week, the chamber finally named names.

In an amended lawsuit filed Tuesday, it identified more than a dozen members it says are opposed to the law, which would ban them from asking job applicants for salary history information. The list includes Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University, and Comcast Corp., the company that along with the chamber began quietly lobbying against the legislation in January.

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