Philadelphia's Recently-Amended Fair Employment Practices Ordinance Is a Good Reminder to Employers: Be Aware of Local Ordinances


Does your Company make a practice of checking for local ordinances that prohibit discrimination in employment? It should! Employers may be most familiar with the primary state and federal anti-discrimination laws, such as the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the new Genetic Information and Nondiscrimination Act and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. The state and federal statutes prohibit discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion/creed, national origin, sex, age, disability and genetic information. Employers must be careful, however, to ensure that they are aware of local ordinances that provide additional prohibitions on discrimination – including ordinances like Philadelphia’s Fair Practices Ordinance, which prohibits discrimination based upon additional protected characteristics.

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