AN ACT

 

1Amending Title 23 (Domestic Relations) of the Pennsylvania
2Consolidated Statutes, providing for protection from
3employment discrimination.

4The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
5hereby enacts as follows:

6Section 1. Title 23 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
7Statutes is amended by adding a section to read:

8§ 6379.1. Protection from employment discrimination.

9(a) Basis for relief.--A person may commence an action for
10appropriate relief if all of the following apply:

11(1) The person is required to report under section 6311
12(relating to persons required to report suspected child
13abuse) or encouraged to report under section 6312 (relating
14to persons encouraged to report suspected child abuse).

15(2) The person acted in good faith in making or causing
16the report of suspected child abuse to be made.

17(3) As a result of the report of suspected child abuse,

1the person is discharged from employment or is discriminated
2against with respect to compensation, hire, tenure, terms,
3conditions or privileges of employment.

4(b) Location.--An action under this section must be filed in
5the court of common pleas of the county in which the alleged
6unlawful discharge or discrimination occurred.

7(c) Relief.--Upon a finding in favor of the plaintiff, the
8court may grant appropriate relief, which may include
9reinstatement of the plaintiff with back pay.

10(d) Departmental intervention.--The department may intervene
11in an action commenced under this section.

12Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.