You must file a complaint with the Commission to have a right to sue in a court of common pleas under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. You may file in a court of common pleas under the PHRAct if the Commission dismisses your complaint within one year of the date of filing or if the complaint is still open after one year. You also have two years from the date the Commission complaint is dismissed to file a complaint in a court of common pleas.
When a complete and thorough investigation has been completed or a settlement has been reached.
Why did I bother to file a complaint? You are not required to accept a settlement if you do not want to. Unless the Commission believes that the respondent has offered you everything you would be LEGALLY ENTITLED to at a public hearing, the Commission will continue to investigate your case and reach a decision. You should consider, however, whether you are likely to get any more if you do not settle.