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Crime, law & justice

File a complaint about employment discrimination

Philadelphia law defends an individual’s basic right to fair and equal treatment in employment. It protects workers from discrimination by employment agencies, labor unions, and former, current, or potential employers.

Examples of employment discrimination include:

  • An employer firing or demoting someone based on age, pregnancy, or disability.
  • A union refusing to arbitrate for minority union members.
  • An employer paying non-U.S.-born workers less than U.S.-born workers with a comparable job.
  • An employer refusing to make a reasonable accommodation for a worker with a disability.

If you believe that you’ve experienced employment discrimination, you can file a complaint with the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.

How to make a complaint

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Review the list of protected categories.

The law defines specific categories that are protected from employment discrimination. While discrimination based on other factors may be unfair or unethical, it’s not currently illegal.

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Submit your complaint in person or by mail.

You must submit your complaint to:

Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations
The Curtis Center
601 Walnut St., Suite 300 South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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PCHR staff will review your intake form and meet with you about filing a complaint.

Protected categories

Age

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Ancestry

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Color

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Disability

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Domestic or sexual violence victim status

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Ethnicity

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Familial status

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Gender identity

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Marital status

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National origin

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Race

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Religion

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Retaliation for prior complaint of discrimination

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Sex

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Sexual orientation

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