But what about discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation (gay, lesbian, bisexual)? Surely, I'll lay good odds that the framers of the U.S. Constitution weren't thinking about GLB rights when they dotted I's and crossed T's on the 14th Amendment. And Title VII does not cover sexual orientation; although a 1998 Executive Order does protect Federal Employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
At the state and city level it varies. Let's break it down for employers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware:
1. Delaware: Yes, under the Delaware Discrimination in Employment Act.
2. New Jersey: Yes, under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.
3. Pennsylvania: No, not under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.
4. Philadelphia: Yes.
5. Harrisburg: Yes.
6. Pittsburgh: Yes.
Employers in Pennsylvania that operate in counties without sexual orientation discrimination laws may elect to implement HR policies that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.