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March 2016 Archives

New law about bathroom use affects transgender people

Some Pennsylvania residents have likely heard about a new law in North Carolina that some say limits the rights of transgender people. In March, the governor of North Carolina signed a bill that will require students at universities and public schools to use bathrooms assigned to the same gender that is written on their birth certificates. The law also prevents city and county governments from enacting legal protections for gay and transgender people at stores, restaurants and hotels.

The prevalence of workplace harassment

Sexual harassment in a Pennsylvania workplace can interfere with an employee's ability to perform his or her job and can create a hostile working environment. According to a poll taken in March 2016, roughly 60 percent of women said that they have experienced unwanted sexual attention while they were on the job. Furthermore, one third of women ages 18 to 34 who responded to a poll conducted by Cosmopolitan said that they experienced sexual harassment at work.

Addressing sexual orientation discrimination in court

LGBT Pennsylvanians who are struggling with prejudice in the workplace may be interested in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's recent actions. The federal agency is currently taking an adamant stance stating that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.