In 70 percent of Pennsylvania, gay employees who celebrated National Coming Out Day on Thursday would have no recourse if their bosses fired them Friday.
That’s because a law to prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation or gender expression has not been passed during any of the 10 years it has been sitting in the state legislature…
Ted Martin, the executive director of Equality PA — an advocacy group for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community — said Pennsylvania stands out among states in the region for not having civil rights legislation to protect the community he represents. New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland have sexual orientation written into their civil rights laws. Pennsylvania has ordinances at the municipal level in places such as Harrisburg, which has had that protection since 1983, and Pittsburgh, which adopted the legislation in 1997.
For full article see: Workzone: Pennsylvania lacks laws guarding sexual orientation, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
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