Welcome to PHRC:  Pennsylvania's Civil Rights Agency

You have the right to live, work and learn free from illegal discrimination. The PA Human Relations Commission enforces Pennsylvania's anti-discrimination laws and promotes equal opportunity. We encourage diverse workplaces, schools and communities where differences are not just tolerated, but celebrated.

PHRC investigates complaints of illegal discrimination.  Find out how to file a complaint and how the process works after you file.

Find out about training and education for schools, employers, businesses, community groups, local government, law enforcement and others.

Find publications on discrimination, diversity, hate crimes and related issues; required postings for entities subject to PA anti-discrimination laws; annual reports and more.

Find out more about illegal discrimination and where it occurs by clicking the buttons below.  Topics include sexual harassment, predatory lending, unequal pay, bullying and the many other forms illegal discrimination can take.

Education Discrimination link  Employment Discrimination link  Housing Discrimination link  Public Accommodation Discrimination link 


PHRC is Seeking Public Comment for:

DRAFT Guidance Concerning Policies or Practices that Unlawfully Exclude Puppy Raisers as Handlers or Trainers of Guide or Support Animals’ Access to Public Accommodations

Please submit your comments to Christina Reese at the PHRC at chreese@pa.gov Deadline for comments is Monday, June 22, 2015.
PHRC's June monthly public meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 22, in the Honors Suite, 1st Floor, 333 Market St., Harrisburg, PA 17126. The public is invited to share civil rights concerns with commissioners. Accommodations for disabilities or language translation may be requested by contacting Cathy Walters, 717-783-8272 or by email at cawalters@pa.gov. Please allow at least five business days prior to the meeting.

PHRC Annual Reports   PHRC's 2013-14 Annual Report is now available. Read about strategic outreach, settlements, types of allegations investigated, legal orders and more about the innovative work of the commission enforcing non-discrimination laws and promoting equal opportunity for all in PA!
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PHRC, the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Pa. Center for Safe Schools, NAACP - Pa. and Coatesville Area School District signed an Equal Educational Opportunity Action Plan on Jan. 13, 2015. The plan is a joint effort to curb discrimination and foster a safe, unbiased learning environment for all students and an equitable environment for educators. 
Read about the commission's goals and objectives for enforcing non-discrimination laws and promoting equal opportunity in the 2014-2017 PHRC Strategic Plan.
NEW! Learn more about PHRC's Mediation Program as an option for resolving employment discrimination disputes.