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Disabilities (ADA): Pennsylvania

Disabilities (ADA) requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Michelle Barrett Falconer, Littler


  • In addition to the federal equal opportunity laws, Pennsylvania employers must comply with a number of state antidiscrimination laws, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. See Disability Discrimination in Pennsylvania.
  • Pennsylvania law prohibits discrimination in public employment and discrimination against individuals with a handicap and/or Commonwealth employees with HIV or AIDS. See Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.
  • Pennsylvania permits the use of medical marijuana. See Medical Marijuana Act.
  • Pennsylvania law prohibits an employer from discriminating against an individual because the individual uses a guide or support animal. See Service Animals.
  • Philadelphia's Fair Practices Ordinance requires covered employers to, upon request, provide pregnant employees with reasonable accommodations. See Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance.