Presenting an Employment Discrimination Case Before the PHRC

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (“PHRA”) is a state statute prohibiting unlawful discriminatory practices in employment, housing and education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The governing and regulating body of the PHRA is the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (“PHRC”), including regulating employment discrimination matters.  This office recently presented a continuing legal education program to lawyers

Second Circuit Decides in Employment Discrimination Case that it is Unlawful to Discriminate on the Basis of Sexual Orientation

Today, the Second Circuit found in an employment discrimination case that it is unlawful to discriminate against an individual based on his or her “sexual orientation” under Title VII.  This decision is compelling for civil rights litigators seeking to protect clients from employment discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation.  The Third Circuit has

Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Employment discrimination encompasses discrimination based on a person’s disability and making reasonable accommodations for that person’s disability. I.  Reasonable Accommodations The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) prohibits employers from discriminating against disabled employees.  42 USC § 12112,  Taylor v. Phoenixville Sch. Dist., 184 F.3d 296, 306 (3d Cir. Pa. 1999.).  A primary goal of the

The Housing Fight for Rights for Transgender Women in Prisons and Jails

Last Sunday the Pittsburgh Tribune Review published an extensive profile of our client, Jules Williams. Ms. Williams is a transgender woman who has courageously stepped forward to file a groundbreaking civil rights lawsuit against the Allegheny County Jail (ACJ) challenging its practice of housing transgender women with men. As the story suggests, like many transgender

Race Discrimination in Employment

Issue: Employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees because of race.  This article discusses a specific federal statute prohibiting race discrimination in employment, as well as a recently filed case in federal court asserting claims of employment discrimination against three African American employees because of race. Employment discrimination is often attributed to being enforced through