Friday, May 6, 2016

List of the 30 Cities, Counties, Townships and Boroughs in Pennsylvania That Have Anti-Discrimination Statutes Protecting Workers

How Many Cities, Boroughs, Counties and Townships in Pennsylvania Have Laws that Make it Illegal to Discriminate Against Workers Because of Their Sexual Preference or Identity, Race, Gender or Other Protected Characteristic?

The answer may surprise you - there are 30 cities, boroughs, townships or counties in Pennsylvania that have anti-discrimination statutes.

Here is a List of the 30 Cities and Townships In Pennsylvania That Make it Illegal for Employers to Engage in Illegal Discrimination or Retaliation Against Employees Working in Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania Townships that Prohibit Illegal Discrimination or Retaliation in the Workplace:

Abington Township
Allegheny County
Allentown, City of
Bethlehem, City of
Cheltenham Township
Doylestown, City of
East Norriton, City of
Easton, City of
Erie County
Harrisburg, City of
Hatboro, City of
Haverford Township
Jenkinstown Borough
Lansdowne Borough
Lower Marion Township
New Hope Borough
Newton Borough
Philadelphia, City of
Pittsburgh, City of
Pittston, City of
Scranton, City of
Reading, City of
Springfield Township
State College Borough
Susquehanna Township
Swarthmore, City of
Upper Merion Township
West Chester Borough
Whitemarsh Township
York, City of


How Many Cities, Counties, Townships, Boroughs or Villages in the United States of America Have Laws That Make it Illegal for Companies to Discriminate Against Workers Because of the Employee's Age, Sex, Race, National Origin, Disability or Gender?

According to the Human Rights Campaign, as of January 2015, no less than 255 cities, counties, etc. had laws prohibiting discrimination based upon age, sex, race, etc.

What is the Difference Between Federal Employment Laws That Protect Workers and State or City Laws That Make it Illegal for Employers to Discriminate Against Employees?  

State, city and other municipal anti-discrimination laws MUST provide AT LEAST the same amount of protection to workers as their federal brethren.

However, states and municipalities are permitted to provide GREATER protection than authorized under federal laws. In fact, that is one of the main reasons (maintaining autonomy being the other), that state and local governments enact such companion laws.

An excellent example of that principle is evident from an examination of Philadelphia's Fair Practices Ordinance.

Philadelphia's Fair Practices Ordinance Makes Workplace Discrimination Based Upon Sexual Preference or Gender Identity Illegal


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Philadelphia's Fair Practices Ordinance is one of the strongest anti-discrimination statutes in the nation.  It prohibits discrimination by Philadelphia employers because of an employee's sexual orientation (i.e. being gay) or gender identification (i.e. transexual).

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Philadelphia Workers

In this respect, it differs from its federal counterpart, Title VII, and its state comparator, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, neither of which provide protection to gay or transgender workers.

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