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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: July 26, 2019 09:18 AM
From: Senator Daylin Leach
To: All Senate members
Subject: Prohibiting Employment Discrimination Based on Marital or Familial Status
Soon I will reintroduce legislation designed to prohibit employers from discriminating based on a job applicant’s marital or parental status.

Profiling based on marital or parental status occurs when potential employers ask job applicants if they have children, plan to have children, or are married. All too often, a qualified applicant makes it to the final stages of the hiring process only to be asked one of these questions, and a job offer may depend upon their answer. Some employers are concerned that a person with children will be distracted from their work, while others object to the marital status of a woman with children. Neither of these concerns is relevant to a person's qualifications or potential ability to do the job.

This bill would make it unlawful for any employer to ask either in a verbal interview or a written application about the marital or parental status of any job applicant of any gender.

Last session this bill was known as Senate Bill 235 and was co-sponsored by Senators Blake, Sabatina, Fontana, Costa, Schwank, Hughes, Browne, Haywood, and Farnese.

Please join me in supporting this important legislation.

If you have questions about this legislation, please don’t hesitate to contact me.