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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Pennsylvania considering gender identity legislation

“The Pennsylvania Senate introduced an LGBT non-discrimination bill on April 10, 2007. The bill, SB 761, has now been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.” (hat tip to Jen Burke at Transcending Gender blog)

This same legislation was introduced last year. In my post on the subject then, there's some interesting info: the results of a statewide poll on the possibility of banning such discrimination, the 2003 state regulation on the issue, the several Pennsylvania cities that have passed similar ordinances, the major Pennsylvania employers adopting gender identity policies, and the 2006 federal district court ruling finding that Title VII, the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibits discrimination against transgender employees. If you click on the label below marked "Pennsylvania," you'll find more about what's been happening in that state.

As I've noted before, the current wisdom is that such laws help increase the labor pool needed by large companies. There are currently 49 Fortune 1000 companies in Pennsvlvania that would be affected by this legislation:

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.

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