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Pennsylvania Civil Rights: What you need to know

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act prohibits employers from discriminating against or refusing to hire or contract with any individual or independent contractor on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age (40 years and older), non-job-related handicap or disability, or because the individual or independent contractor uses a guide or support animal because of his or her blindness, deafness, or physical handicap. The Act covers all public employers and private employers with four or more employees including employment agencies and labor unions (PA Stat. Tit. 43 Sec. 955).
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Under the Act, it is unlawful for an employer to:
• Refuse to hire or contract with, or to discharge an individual from employment, on the basis of a protected characteristic.
• Discriminate against an individual with respect to compensation, hire, tenure, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of a protected characteristic.
• Elicit any information about, or make or keep a record of a protected characteristic, unless the information is elicited as part of a bona fide affirmative action plan.
• Use any form of application or application blank containing questions or entries concerning a protected characteristic, unless such information is elicited as part of a bona fide affirmative action plan.
• Print or publish any notice or advertisement for employment indicating any preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on a protected characteristic.
• Deny or limit employment through a quota system on the basis of a protected characteristic.
• Discriminate in any manner against any individual because he or she has opposed any practice forbidden by the Act, or because he ...

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