Sexual Orientation Discrimination by Employers – Senate Approves Ban

As experienced employment law attorneys in State College, Pennsylvania, we are constantly watching for any updates that concern matters in the workplace.

Recently, the U.S. Senate approved a ban on discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The vote was 64 to 32, showing bipartisan support—obviously rare for any issue in our government today.

According to The New York Times, this is the first time in U.S. history that the Senate has voted to include gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people into the nation’s nondiscrimination law.

In addition to the inclusion of sexual orientation in the workplace discrimination ban, the bill includes other protections for some religious entities. It also contains a provision that says no federal agency, state or local, which accepts money from the federal government, can retaliate against religious institutions for not complying with the ban on discrimination.

Churches, synagogues, and mosques that are expressly religious in nature all fall under this provision, as well as churches and retail stores directly affiliated with churches.

As an experienced employment law attorney, I expect this bill to have major ramifications, opening the door to many discrimination cases across Pennsylvania and the entire country.

If you have any questions about this newest change to employment law and discrimination in the workplace, please feel free to contact us at The Mazza Law Group, P.C.

Workplace discrimination, regardless of basis, is grounds for legal action. Contact an experienced employment law attorney today if you feel you have been discriminated against at work on the basis of sexual orientation, race, age, or gender. You deserve to be treated fairly as a current or potential employee.

Sexual Orientation Discrimination by Employers – Senate Approves Ban was last modified: February 18th, 2016 by Desiree Fralick