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Jan. 10, 2017 12:29 pm

Comcast to Kenney: Veto wage discrimination bill, or else

“I'm not changing anything and I've already told them that,” Councilman Bill Greenle told the Inquirer about the bill, currently awaiting Kenney's approval.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.

(Photo by Joseph Gidjunis. Copyright City of Philadelphia)

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There’s a chance for a legal beef between the City of Philadelphia and Comcast over a wage discrimination bill which ban employers from asking applicants for their salary history, the Inquirer reports.

Reporter Tricia Nadolny obtained a memo sent to Mayor James Kenney on behalf of Comcast, which points to the possibility of legal action if the bill, which was approved by City Council in December, gets Kenney’s final approval.

A successful challenge … could make the City liable for a substantial award of attorney’s fees,” attorney Miguel Estrada reportedly  wrote on behalf of Comcast, citing First Amendment issues.

The story is another chapter in Comcast’s at-times tense history with the city, as signaled most recently by the lengthy negotiation of the comms giant’s 15-year franchise agreement.

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Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Technical.ly Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to Technical.ly and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.

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