Rabb bill would make much-needed updates to non-discrimination law

PHILADELPHIA, April 5 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., said he welcomed Gov. Tom Wolf's support for his legislation that would strengthen Pennsylvania's non-discrimination law. Rabb plans to introduce a bill that would update the law to include interns in the definition of "employee" and to require employers to provide training on discrimination, harassment and retaliation prevention.

"We can't allow discrimination or harassment to take place against any employee. Interns are often the most vulnerable, since they are just starting out in their careers and don't want to risk getting a bad reference," Rabb said. 'I appreciate Governor Wolf's support for my bill and other proposed updates to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act."

Rabb also supports other non-discrimination bills that Wolf backed at a news conference today in Philadelphia. Those bills include:

  • The Pennsylvania Fairness Act (H.B. 1410), which would include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in the types of discrimination banned statewide in the workplace, housing and public accommodations.
  • Updating the law to require postings by employers that refer specifically to sexual harassment; and
  • Expanding the law to cover all employers and to include domestic workers and independent contractors; and
  • A bill by Rep. Mike O'Brien, D-Phila., that would update the Whistleblower Law to include a right to trial by jury and punitive damages, and to extend the statute of limitations.