The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act prohibits employment discrimination against any applicant, employee, or independent contractor on the basis of sex (PA Code Tit. 43 Sec. 951et seq.).
Discrimination based on sex includes pregnancy, childbirth, and other related medical conditions.
The Act applies to private employers with four or more employees and to all state employers.
The prohibition against discrimination applies regardless of the person's marital status (PA Code Tit. 16 Sec. 41.101, Sec. 41.102).
As a general rule, employers must treat employees who are affected by pregnancy the same for all employment-related purposes as employees with temporary disabilities are treated.