The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate against applicants, employees, and independent contractors on the basis of race or color (PA Stat. Tit. 43 Sec. 951 et seq.). The law applies to all public employers and private employers with four or more employees. Under the Act, it is unlawful for an employer to:
• Refuse to hire or contract with, or to discharge an individual from employment, because of race or color.
• Discriminate against an individual with respect to compensation, hire, tenure, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of race or color.
• Elicit any information about, or make or keep a record of, the race or color of any applicant for employment, unless such 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 the race or color of any applicant for employment, 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 upon race or color.
• Deny or limit employment through a quota system because of race or color.
• Discriminate in any manner against any individual because he or she has opposed any practice forbidden by the Act, or because he or she has made a charge, testified, or assisted, in any manner, in any investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the Act.
• Aid, incite, compel, or coerce any conduct made unlawful by the Act, or obstruct or prevent any person from complying with the provisions of the Act.
• Attempt, directly or indirectly, to commit any ...