Lee E. Tankle, an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton, was quoted in the October 7, 2019 Philadelphia Inquirer article, "Is It Legal to Fire a Person for Being Gay in Pennsylvania? The Supreme Court Will Decide".
"Pennsylvania is more complicated. The state’s Human Relations Act — like the federal Civil Rights Act — simply says a person can’t be discriminated against on the basis of sex, and state courts haven’t determined whether the act applies to sexual orientation or gender identity," said Lee Tankle, a labor and employment lawyer at Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia.
"That’s just a recommendation, though, and doesn’t carry the weight of law," Tankle said. "A judge wouldn’t be required to recognize LGBTQ people as a protected class unless state law changed or the Supreme Court rules they are covered under federal law."