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 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

New Online Option to Complete Employment Discrimination Questionnaire!

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission has launched the online access to the employment discrimination questionnaire for individuals to have an additional and convenient way to complete the Commission’s questionnaire.

Individuals interested in completing the online questionnaire must first register with Keystone ID, the Commonwealth’s online registration process that is designed to protect your personal information.

To register and access the online employment discrimination questionnaire,
click here.

If you have questions or need help, please let us know at
RA-HRPHRCONLNHELP@pa.gov. You will receive a response within 24 hours of your request.

NEW Videos:
Eight Videos that Provide an Overview of Types of Discrimination. Ocho Videos están disponibles en español.

Videos can be viewed here.

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


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

PHRC Provides Free Training

The PHRC offers free training to schools, businesses, community groups, state and local government, law enforcement and others. Additional information can be found on our Training and Education page.  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 October Meeting

PHRC's October monthly public meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, October 26th, 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