Karl Heideck, a lawyer in Philadelphia, is an advocate for workers’ rights. It was in the first months of 2017 that a bill was signed in the city by Mary Jim Kenney that stopped employers from asking candidates for jobs about their salary history. This tactic has been used by years to pay new employees less money, especially women. The new law was challenged by the Chamber of Commerce as they claimed it was unconstitutional and an infringement on companies right to free speech.
As Karl Heideck explains it, the law sought to close the gap between what men on average earn in a position and women who hold the same position. The new law stated that employers couldn’t search salary histories, without permission, as well as ask prospective employees what they had been previously paid. In addition, if a prospective employee refused to provide this information it couldn’t be used against them in the hiring process.
To be fair, not all employers are fighting this new law. There are a number that in fact support the law and want to close the gap between what they pay new male employees and what they pay women. The only thing they’re concerned with is how to implement the law and stay in compliance with it.
Karl Heideck earned his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in 2003. He desired to become a lawyer and so, in 2009, he graduated from the Templeton Besley School of Law having earned his JD. During his time at Templeton he learned about the litigation process and how to handle courtroom proceedings. He also established his knowledge of skills such as communication, negotiation, how to successfully resolve a dispute, and handling settlements. Soon after graduating he passed the state bar exam and entered into practice.
Over the course of his career, Karl Heideck has gained a vast amount of experience filing complaints for his clients and resolving disputes. He has engaged in the entire litigation process including pretrial and posttrial processes. He has steadily built his reputation in the industry as a person that is knowledgeable about the law and engaging in ethical conduct.