Mariah Passarelli discussed with 90.5 WESA three cases that are headed to the Supreme Court of the United States to determine if LGBTQ people are protected under federal employment discrimination laws. The court’s ruling of these cases could directly impact working LGBTQ Pennsylvanians because there is no explicit law protecting them in much of the state. More than 50 municipalities have adopted local ordinances that provide these protections, Mariah said workers who live outside of those communities can still be fired based on their orientation or identity. An adverse Supreme Court ruling, Passarelli said, "would allow employers to treat people different on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity without, sort of, hiding the motivation for that difference of treatment. They could do it very lawfully.”
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