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Pa. governor calls for ban on bias against LGBT employees

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Gov. Tom Wolf has asked the legislature to send him a bill providing protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees (LGBT).

Last year, bills that would have amended the Pennsylvania Human Rights Act (PHRA) to prohibit workplace discrimination against LGBT employees failed to make it out of committee in each house of the Gen­­eral Assembly. A House of Rep­­re­­sen­­ta­­tives bill garnered 90 co-sponsors, while the Senate version had the support of 25 co-sponsors.

Currently, 34 Pennsylvania municipalities have ordinances protecting LGBT employees from discrimination.

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have similar laws on the books.

Wolf called for LGBT protections in remarks at a gathering sponsored by Equality Pennsylvania. He lauded the efforts of sponsoring companies such as Dow Chemical, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and PNC Bank to provide equal opportunity for LGBT employees.

Note: A PHRA amendment is a real possibility. Employers should get ahead of events and amend their own anti-discrimination policies to include LGBT employees. Then provide training to support the policy.

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