Many employees in Pennsylvania are eligible to take time off from work if they have a family or medical issue that needs their attention. Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, employees may take as much as 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year. To be eligible for FMLA leave, employees are required to have been employed for at least 12 months in which time they spent at least 1,250 hours working.
The workforce in Pennsylvania and across the United States is quickly aging. According to AARP, approximately 35 percent of the American workforce will be over the age of 50 by 2022, which is a 25 percent jump from 2002. Unfortunately, this means that age discrimination in the workplace will also increase.
For many Pennsylvania employees, facing sexual harassment at their place of work is a normal occurrence. A complaint filed by Gretchen Carlson against the Fox News CEO brought sexual harassment back into the spotlight. According to the report, the former anchor alleged that the CEO made inappropriate remarks to her. Additionally, she claimed that one of her former co-hosts on Fox & Friends also showed sexist behavior towards her. 21st Century Fox has begun an internal review of the case.
Employers in Pennsylvania and throughout the country could do more to combat harassment in the workplace according to a report released in June 2016 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The report was compiled by a task force made up of legal experts, academics and members of groups that advocate on behalf of workers and employers. It concluded that the training programs put into place to address workplace harassment often focus more on avoiding liability than actually tackling the problem.