The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of age. The law protects independent contractors, employees, and job applicants who are 40 years of age or older (PA Stat. Tit. 43 Sec. 951 et seq.). The Act covers all public employers and private employers with four or more employees. Under the Act, it is unlawful for an employer to:
• Discharge, or refuse to hire, employ, or contract with an individual because of age.
• Discriminate against an individual with respect to compensation, hire, tenure, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of age.
• Elicit any information about, or make or keep a record of, the age of any applicant for employment.
• Use any form of application or application blank containing questions or entries concerning the age of any job applicant.
• Print or publish any notice or advertisement for employment indicating any preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on age.
• Deny or limit employment through a quota system because of age.
• 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 conduct declared unlawful by the Act.