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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Pennsylvania gender identity bill re-introduced

A bill that would ban discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in employment, housing and credit statewide has been re-introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature. The bill has 57 sponsors.

A statewide poll on the possibility of banning such discrimination in 2003 by a Republican polling firm showed 68 percent support from Pennsylvania voters.

The state has prohibited discrimination on the basis of gender identity for public employees since 2003. Most recently, Easton, with a population of 25,000, became the 11th city and county in the state to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, joining Allentown, Erie County, Harrisburg, Lansdowne, New Hope, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton, Swarthmore and York. As mentioned in a previous blog, a federal district court in Pennsylvania found that Title VII covers transgender employees. Mitchell v. Axcan Scandipharm, Inc., Slip Copy, 2006 WL 456173 W.D.Pa.,2006. Feb 17, 2006.

A number of major employers based in the state have policies that protect transgender employees, including Agere Systems, Air Products, CIGNA, Carnegie Mellon, Community Behavioral Health, GlaxoSmithKline, Lehigh University, Lincoln National, Mellon Financial, OneSource, Pennsylvania State University, Severn Trent Services, Unisys, and University of Pennsylvania.

1 comment:

Dr. Jillian Todd Weiss said...

Pennsylvania is host to 49 Fortune 500 companies:

AmerisourceBergen, Sunoco, Comcast, Rite Aid, Cigna, United States Steel, Aramark, PPG Industries, H.J. Heinz, Air Products & Chem., Rohm & Haas, PNC Financial Services Group , Crown Holdings, PPL, Toll Brothers, Unisys, Mellon Financial Corp., Lincoln National, Erie Insurance Group, Jones Apparel Group, UGI, Hershey, Wesco International, Ikon Office Solutions, Universal Health Svcs., SunGard Data Systems, Consol Energy, Sovereign Bancorp, Armstrong Holdings, Allegheny Technologies, Allegheny Energy, Harsco, Charming Shoppes, Teleflex, Dick's Sporting Goods, Airgas, American Eagle Outfitters, Kennametal, Vishay Intertechnology, Pep Boys, Weis Markets, FMC, Select Medical, JLG Industries, Dentsply International, Genesis HealthCare, Agere Systems, Penn National Gaming, Ametek