In Pennsylvania, it’s still legal to ask job applicants about their marital status and family plans. The Pennsylvania Commission for Women rallied at the state Capitol on Oct. 2 in favor of legislation that would change that practice.
The National Organization for Women, MomsRising.org and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission also showed their support for House Bill 280 and Senate Bill 280, which would amend the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act of 1955 to expressly prohibit marital and familial “profiling.” Seven communities in Pennsylvania already have such protections in place.
Final tip: Although it is still legal to consider family obligations when hiring employees, it has never been a good idea. For one, the practice may trigger an EEOC investigation. The federal agency recently announced it was renewing its commitment to strike out discrimination based on caregiver status.
The best practice remains to base hiring decisions only on factors related to job performance.
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