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Pregnancy Discrimination in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, pregnancy discrimination remains a serious issue in employment law. Despite federal, state and even local laws that prohibit pregnancy discrimination, pregnancy discrimination is one of the most common reasons employees contact our Philadelphia employment law office.
Both federal and Pennsylvania laws prohibit employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of pregnancy and pregnancy related conditions and treatments such as miscarriage, abortion, etc.
However, it’s important to note that federal and Pennsylvania laws only apply to employers of certain sizes. The federal law discussed below applies to employers with at least 15 employees, and the state law applies to employers with at least 4 employees.
When a Pennsylvania employer engages in pregnancy discrimination, the employee may file a claim under either law. However, in most employment discrimination cases filed in Pennsylvania, the charge will be dual filed, meaning the employment agency (EEOC or PA HRC) where the charge was initially filed will automatically file the charge with the other agency. This protects the individual’s rights under both federal and state law.