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Restrictions on Firing Employees in Pennsylvania

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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Employers in Pennsylvania are subject to these state rules that restrict firing employees under certain circumstances.

Pennsylvania laws make it unlawful for an employer to:

  • fire an employee who serves on or testifies before a wage board
  • require an employee to take a polygraph test
  • fire an employee because of jury duty
  • fire for union activity
  • deny equal employment opportunity
  • retaliate against an employee for filing a wage complaint
  • fire or otherwise retaliate against an employee because the employee reports wrongdoing by the employer
  • violate protections for veterans or reservists
  • fire an employee for having wages withheld for child support

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