• Employers Be Mindful -- Know Your Local Discrimination Laws
  • October 7, 2005 | Author: Amy L. Groff
  • Law Firm: Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP - Harrisburg Office
  • Recently, the Commonwealth Court in Hartman v. City of Allentown, gave an overwhelming endorsement of local municipal ordinances prohibiting discrimination in employment. Most employers know of the protections against discrimination in federal and state laws. In addition, employers must be cautioned to remember local municipal ordinances proscribing discrimination. Many municipal anti-discrimination ordinances establish independent human relations commissions and extend this protection beyond the classes protected by federal and state law. Where the ordinance establishes an independent human relations commission, a complainant may file a claim with either the state human relations commission or the local human relations commission.