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 will co-sponsor the 2014 Safe Schools Conference, Oct. 8-9 at Holiday Inn, Hershey-Harrisburg in Grantville, PA.

This professional development opportunity will focus on creating a positive school culture that supports academic success and provides a safe teaching and learning environment. State and national experts will present the latest research in school safety and youth violence prevention and effective program models. School administrators, student support personnel, teachers, school nurses, Student Assistance Program teams, school resource officers, local law enforcement and other community partners are encouraged to attend.


The conference is presented by the Center for Safe Schools and the Highmark Foundation in partnership with Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Mid-Atlantic Equity Assistance Center.


Learn more  and register at:  http://www.safeschools.info/professional-development/2014-safe-schools-conference

Learn about discriminatory practices that deny fair housing opportunities by watching A Matter of Place, a documentary film by the Fair Housing Justice Center, and remember, Fair Housing is your right. Use it!
Learn about discrimination cases in PA and the commission's work promoting equal opportunity in PHRC's 2012-13 Annual Report.

Fair Housing Videos for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The National Fair Housing Alliance, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is pleased to announce the creation of 12 videos in American Sign Language (ASL) with English captioning. These videos provide critical legal and practical information in a format accessible to persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Videos are available at www.fairhousingdeafvideos.com

Check out Hiring People With Disabilities How-to Guide, a publication by the PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation that makes it easier for employers to understand how simple and rewarding hiring people with disabilities can be. Find the guide on the Dept. of Labor & Industry's homepage, www.dli.state.pa.us.

Civil Rights PA:  PHRC News - First Edition of our new agency newsletter is now available. Read about changes at PHRC, Strategic Planning, Our New Mediation Program, Support Animal Questions and more...
Previous news releases, meeting schedules and other events can be found on our NEWS & EVENTS page.