A Pennsylvania senator has introduced a bill to ban employment discrimination based on an applicant's marital or familial status.
State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) said his legislation, Senate Bill 1295, would make it illegal for employers to discriminate in hiring based on a potential employee's marital or parental status.
"Some employers are concerned that a person with children will be distracted from their work, while others object to the marital status of a woman," Leach said in a news release. "Neither of these concerns is relevant to a person's qualifications or potential ability to do the job."
Leach said his bill currently has 10 co-sponsors.
He said 17 states, including New Jersey, New York and Delaware, already prohibit employers from asking job applicants whether they are married.