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 News and Announcements

PLEASE NOTE: The Regional Director Test Exam will open early in September. For more information visit the PA Civil Service Commission website.


PHRC is seeking a qualified individual to fill a Clerk 2 position in the Philadelphia Regional Office. For more information Click here.

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

The PHRC has developed this document to help provide guidelines for puppy raisers, handlers or trainers. The PHRC asked for a review of the guidelines in June 2015. We thank those individuals who gave us their feedback on the guidelines.

Additionally, we have included HUD guidelines for additional information. View these documents here.


Please note that individuals and businesses that post housing advertisements that violate the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission regulations will be issued a citation for this violation. The citation will include a civil penalty of up to $500.

To find out more on what signifies a discriminatory housing advertisement, please see Section 5(h)(5) of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and Section 45 of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission regulations. Also, note that Section 45.181 of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission regulations include a list of "words to be avoided". These words should not be included in a housing advertisement.

You can view a sample citation form here.

Questions should be directed to

NEW Videos: Eight Videos that Provide an Overview of Types of Discrimination. Videos can be downloaded here.

PHRC Provides Free Training

The PHRC offers free training to schools, businesses, community groups, state and local government, law enforcement and others. Training includes:
    •Diversity and cultural competency/professionalism
    •Overview of Pennsylvania’s Non-discrimination laws
    •Overview of the PHRC complaint process
    •Equal education overview
    •Disability and reasonable accommodation
    •Fair Housing laws
Training can be requested through the PHRC's local/regional offices.

PHRC Mediation Program

Learn more about PHRC's Mediation Program as an option for resolving employment discrimination disputes.

PHRC August Meeting

PHRC's August monthly public meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, September 21st, 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 cawalter@pa.gov. Please allow at least five business days prior to the meeting.

PHRC Public Meeting Schedule for 2015-2016