Questions the commission MUST ask you:
To investigate illegal discrimination, PHRC staff members must determine the who, what, when, where, why and how behind what happened to you. In order to gather and establish these facts, commission staff must ask you certain questions depending on the type of discrimination you are claiming and the specifics of your case.
It is extremely helpful if you have as much correct and basic information (such as key names, addresses, telephone numbers and dates, etc.) when you meet with a representative from the commission. Examples of some questions you may be asked are:
- Have you asked your employer or housing provider for an accommodation?
- Have you followed your employer's procedures for reporting sexual harassment or other discriminatory acts?
- Have you provided your employer with medical documentation of your disability?
- Is your impairment temporary or permanent?
- Where is your employer, landlord or property located?
- Were others treated the same or differently than you, and if so, were they in the same group? (sex, race, religion, age, etc.)
- Are you treated differently/unfairly disciplined/paid unequally at work because of your race, sex, religion, disability, national origin, age, etc?
- Have your efforts to obtain or keep your housing been denied because of your race, sex, religion, disability, national origin, age, etc?
- Have you been denied the ability to use or denied access to commercial property because of your race, sex, religion, disability, national origin, age, etc?
- Have you lost finances or paid expenses directly out of your pocket?
- Were you humiliated or embarrassed in the encounter you describe?
- Who witnessed what happened to you?
- Who else may have been treated in the same way?
- What is your race, color, age, sex, national origin, religion or disability? (to establish the basis of the discrimination in your complaint)