Philadelphia scored a perfect 100 in the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) annual rankings of American cities with local laws and policies that protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people from discrimination.
The gay-rights advocacy organization’s Municipal Equality Index ranked 353 cities nationwide on several categories, including nondiscrimination laws, employment practices, municipal services and programs and law enforcement practices.
Pittsburgh came in second among Pennsylvania municipalities, earning 90 points. It was marked down for not offering transgender-inclusive health benefits to city employees and not requiring nondiscrimination policies for city contractors.
Other highly rated Pennsylvania cities: New Hope (89 points), Allentown (85) and Harrisburg (70). The national average was 59.
Learn about the practices HRC considered.
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- No adverse action means no constructive discharge
- Handle supervisor harassment with a good policy, timely investigation and independent review
- Padding your reasons for firing can build case against you
- When employees are bilingual, it's OK to require use of English in the workplace