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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is an “At Will” State.  Generally speaking, an employer can fire, or refuse to hire for any reason other than an illegal reason.  Employees must be paid wages for the work they do for the employer.  Employees cannot be fired or denied employment because of their race, color, age (for those over 40) national origin, sex/gender, religion,  and disability.  Please note a number of Pennsylvania municipalities now have local ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, including Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Pittston, and Scranton.  Further,  employees who are rightfully entitled to certain government protections and benefits cannot be disciplined or fired for exercising such rights.  For example, we provide advice for people filing wage claims, or have questions about their FMLA rights.  We also advise a client, and when appropriate, refer that client to EEOC.  

Useful Links:

NPLS Employment Law Handbook

NPLS Employment Law Handbook in Spanish

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

U.S. Department of Labor - Wage and Hour Division

Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits

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