HARRISBURG — The Senate Labor and Industry Committee will hold a public hearing on August 30, 2016, at 1:00 pm in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building in Harrisburg to examine legislation seeking to prevent discrimination against individuals in employment as a result of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
The broad philosophical arguments related to these issues are well known. What the committee is seeking are detailed arguments for or against the provisions set forth in the bill that can be used to help members determine whether it adequately addresses workplace discrimination as written, or whether changes to the current language might be necessary.
In an effort to gather feedback separate from the organizations invited to testify, a special section has been added to the committee website to allow for public comment. Input from supporters, opponents, and those who are yet undecided is welcome. In addition to accounts of specific instances of discrimination, the committee is seeking documentation about how existing workplace policies and municipal ordinances have functioned and how any unforeseen problems have been addressed, as well as any relevant case references.