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Lee E. Tankle Quoted in Philadelphia Inquirer Article, 'Is It Legal to Fire a Person for Being Gay in Pennsylvania? The Supreme Court Will Decide'

10/07/2019
Lee E. Tankle Quoted in Philadelphia Inquirer Article, 'Is It Legal to Fire a Person for Being Gay in Pennsylvania? The Supreme Court Will Decide'

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.

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"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."

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