In 27 states, there are no clear statewide laws that offer any protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations. Pennsylvania is one of these states. In 1975 and 2003, Pennsylvania governors signed executive orders prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, respectively, in state employment. Various municipalities, including Philadelphia, prohibit LGBT discrimination, and apply these protections to both public and private employees. Although there has been a lot of communication within Pennsylvania’s government to expand anti-discrimination laws to all members of the LGBT community, no laws have been officially passed.
New Jersey, on the other hand, does have full statewide anti-discrimination protections for individuals in the LBGT community. In 1992, New Jersey implemented laws that enforce LGBTQ non-discrimination and has protected people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation. The law was expanded in 2006 to include gender identity and expression.
If you feel you have been discriminated against in the workplace, contact the experienced sexual orientation discimination lawyers at Zeff Law Firm at 856-778-9700 to discuss your case.