The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate against applicants, employees, or independent contractors based on sex, including sexual harassment (PA Stat. Tit. 43 Sec. 951 et seq.). The Act covers all public employers and private employers with four or more employees.
The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) has issued guidance
indicating that it will accept complaints alleging discrimination based on sex assigned at birth, sexual orientation, transgender identity, gender transition, gender identity, and gender expression as sex discrimination complaints.
Public agencies. Under an Executive Order (EO), state agencies in Pennsylvania are prohibited from employment discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression (EO 2016-04 (4/7/16)). Harassment based on any of the listed factors is prohibited.
State contractors and grantees. Employers that are awarded state contracts or grants are prohibited from discriminating against applicants or employees based on gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression (EO 2016-05 (4/7/16)). Covered contractors and grantees must have a written sexual harassment policy and make their employees aware of the policy.