LAW & LEGAL RESOURCES

History of Amendments to PHRA & PFEOA



The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act has been amended numerous times since its adoption in 1955 as the Pennsylvania Fair Employment Practice Act.  The date and subject of each amendment  is listed below:

1956

Effect of retirement, pension and insurance plans. Act of March 28, 1956, P.L. 1354.

1961

Prohibition of discrimination in the selling, leasing or financing of housing, and places of public accommodation. Act of February 28, 1961, P.L. 47.

Increase size of Commission from 9 to 11 members. Act of August 4, 1961, P.L. 922.

1965

Issuance and posting of fair practices notices. Act of December 27, 1965, P.L. 1224.

Three Commissioners may act for hearing purposes. Act of December 27, 1965, P.L. 1225.

1966

Local human relations commissions. Act of January 24, 1966, P.L. 1523.

Injunctions in housing complaints. Act of January 24, 1966, P.L. 1523.

Provisions of the Act extended to employers of six or more persons. Act of January 24, 1966, P.L. 1525.

Enforcement of Commission orders. Act of January 25, 1966, P.L. 1589.

1967

Prohibition of discrimination in the leasing of housing to persons using guide dogs because of the blindness of the user. Act of August 11, 1967, P.L. 208.

Strengthening of injunction process in housing complaints. Act of October 11, 1967, P.L. 424.

Notification of licensing authorities. Act of October 11, 1967, P.L. 425.

Investigatory hearings to prevent racial tension. Act of October 11, 1967, P.L. 426.

Provisions of the Act extended to employers of four or more persons. Act of November 27, 1967, P.L. 622.

Broadening of prohibition against discrimination in housing. Act of November 29, 1967, P.L. 632.

1968

Transfer of the Commission from the Department of Labor and Industry to the Governor’s Office. Reorganization Plan No. 1, of 1968.

Religious observance by public employe. Act of July 20, 1968, P.L. 454.

1969

Prohibition of discrimination because of sex. Act of July 9, 1969, P.L. 133.

1970

Joint staffing of local human relations commission. Act of March 5, 1970, P.L. 133.

References to the Court of Common Pleas of Dauphin County were changed to Commonwealth Court by the Appellate Court Jurisdiction Act of 1970. Act of July 31, 1970, P.L. 673.

Non-sectarian cemeteries. Act of December 10, 1970, P.L. 882.

1972

Prohibition of discrimination in places of public accommodation against any person using a guide dog because of the blindness of the user. Act of June 9, 1972, P.L. 368.  

1973

Protection of the right of hospitals and individuals not to engage in abortion or sterilization. Act of October 10, 1973, P.L. 278.  

1974

Prohibition of discrimination because of handicap or disability. Act of December 19, 1974, P.L. 966.

1978

Prohibition of discrimination because of sex in places of public accommodation. Act of November 26, 1978, P.L. 1292.  

1980

Exemption of certain apprenticeship programs from the age provisions of the Act. Act No. 1 of 1980, P.L. 1.

Prohibition of discrimination against a person who has a general education development certificate as compared to a high school diploma. Act No. 198 of 1980, P.L. 1122.

1982

Authorization to appoint hearing examiners to conduct public hearings. Act No. 247 of 1982, P.L. 1053.

Protection against age discrimination in employment broadened to cover persons 40 to 70, inclusive. Act No. 288 of 1982, P.L. 1267.  

1986

Reestablishment of Commission under the Sunset Act (Act of December 22, 1981); statute of limitations for filing complaints extended from 90 to 180 days; prohibition of certain real estate practices; miscellaneous amendments. Act No. 186 of 1986.  

1991

Reestablishment of Commission under the Sunset Act (Act of December 22, 1981); prohibition of discrimination because of familial status or age in housing and because of a known association with a handicapped or disabled person; strengthens handicap/disability accessibility requirements; prohibition of discrimination against independent contractors; provides out-of-pocket expenses in employment and public accommodations and damages, attorney fees and civil penalties in housing; changes and clarifications in court actions; strengthens injunction provisions; brings state law into conformance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act; technical amendments. Act No. 51 of 1991.  

1996

Revision of Commission authority over pupil school assignment; revised definition of housing for older persons. Act No. 117 of 1996.  

1997

Addition of various requirements involving housing adverstisements, including authority to impose civil fines; various procedural changes to the Commission’s case processing powers and duties. Act No. 34 of 1997.


The Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act has been amended four times since its adoption in 1961.  The subject and the date of each amendment is listed below:

1965

Unfair practices by a religious education institution. Act of December 27, 1965, P.L. 1255.

1972

Prohibition of discrimination because of sex. Act of December 29, 1972, P.L. 1682.

1977

Deletion of institution from list of “state-aided” institutions. Act of August 5, 1977, P.L. 174.

1992

Prohibition of discrimination because of handicap or disability; changes in procedures and other matters to be consistent with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. Act 187 of December 22, 1992, Act 1992-187.