Pennsylvania is a proud state that has opened her doors to all peoples in pursuit of freedom and acceptance. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA) embodies these principles and legally protects any person from being hated or discriminated against. The law was enacted to make sure everyone, despite their protected status, has equal and fair opportunities in employment, housing, education and public accommodations.
How does discrimination usually happen?
A protected status is any legally protected characteristic or trait a person has. Under the PHRA, these include “race, color, familial status, religious creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, handicap or disability and the use of a guide or support animal.” Here are some examples wherein you could be a victim of discrimination:
- Female employees given less important positions or lower salaries due to pregnancy or gender bias
- Teasing or jokes that target and belittle a person’s protected status
- Forcing a Muslim child to read the bible
- A workplace without any facilities for disabled or handicapped people
- A lessor refusing to take rent from a divorcee
Any kind of prejudice or bias a person has against you is illegal if they use their biases to harm you or discredit you.
What should I do if I am a victim of discrimination?
Workplace discrimination is of particular interest to federal and state governments, especially because it prevents an individual from reaching their full potential. That is the reason you should always report any kind of discrimination to the authorities. The problem is when people with power are corrupt, you may have difficulty proving your case. If you feel like someone has acted against the PHRA to purposefully victimize you, it is so important to have the legal representation of an attorney who understands the laws of this country.