Are Pennsylvania employers ready for yet another category of protected employees? Another bill has been introduced in the General Assembly that would protect all Pennsylvanians from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
State Rep. Dan Frankel reintroduced the legislation (H.B. 300) with 78 bipartisan co-sponsors in the House of Representatives, nine more than a similar measure had when it was introduced in the 2007-08 session. The co-sponsors include all members of the House majority.
Currently, almost 80% of Pennsylvania residents live or work in communities that already prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Altogether, 14 Pennsylvania municipalities have laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. They are Allentown, Easton, Erie County, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lansdowne, New Hope, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton, State College, Swarthmore, West Chester and York.