Race and National Origin Discrimination
The law protects all employees from discrimination based on their race, national origin or association with a person of a particular race or national origin. Discrimination means treating an employee differently in the terms or conditions of their employment and can include harassment, refusal to hire, refusal to promote, unfair discipline and wrongful termination.
Employers may not discriminate based on sex. This prohibition applies to discrimination against men or women because they do not conform to gender stereotypes. Pregnancy discrimination is a prohibited form of sex discrimination, as is paying men more than women for similar work. Sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination are also prohibited sex discrimination.
The law protects older employees. If you are over 40 years old, your employer is not allowed to discriminate against you in favor of younger employees. This is true even if the younger employee is over 40. If you think your employer has terminated you, denied you benefits or refused to promote you because of your age, we can help you understand your rights.
Employers may not discriminate against employees because of their sincerely held religious beliefs and must accommodate those beliefs when it is reasonable to do so.
Military Service Discrimination
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (“USERRA”) is a federal statute that protects uniformed service members. USERRA Prohibits employment discrimination because of past, current or future military service. It also protects uniformed services members’ employment and benefits while they are deployed.
Pennsylvania law protects any “public” employee who makes a good faith report of waste, fraud or abuse. Public employees include employees of state or municipal governmental bodies and organizations that receive government funding.