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File a sexual harassment complaint

The City of Philadelphia is committed to providing a diverse, inclusive, safe workplace free from sexual harassment and intimidation. The City strives to provide a work environment that promotes respect and that prohibits all forms of work-related harassment, including sexual harassment.

For more information, please see the City of Philadelphia’s Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy.

Who

File a complaint if:

  • You believe you have experienced or witnessed unwelcome sexually harassing behavior by a City employee.
  • You are a City worker and you believe you have experienced or witnessed unwelcome sexually harassing behavior by a supervisor, co-worker, third-party vendor or member of the public.

If your complaint is against an employee of the School District of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Parking Authority or SEPTA, please contact those agencies directly.

How

To enable a thorough investigation of sexual harassment complaints, an online form has been created to collect information. Use this form to provide as much detail as possible about your complaint. Incomplete information may lead to an incomplete investigation.

File a complaint

After you submit a complaint:

  1. It will be forwarded to the Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations Employee Relations Unit (ERU).
  2. The ERU will determine whether the complaint will be assigned to a City department human resources office or the ERU.
  3. Within three business days, you will be notified which entity will be investigating your complaint.
  4. A City representative will contact you soon after that to discuss your complaint.

Investigating and resolving complaints

  1. Once it has been determined who should investigate the matter, an investigator will be assigned. This investigator will try to get statements from all participants and witnesses of the alleged incident.
  2. The investigator will determine if there is evidence to support the charge.
  3. At the close of an investigation, the investigator will prepare a letter that outlines the findings. The letter will be provided to the person who filed the complaint, the person the complaint was filed against, the department’s highest-ranking official, and the ERU.
  4. If the charge is upheld, the department’s highest-ranking official will, after review and consultation with the ERU, determine an appropriate level of discipline for the person the complaint was filed against.
  5. If a charge is upheld that results in discipline, the highest-ranking official of the department will issue a closing letter to the person the complaint was filed against, and this letter may be placed in their human resources file.

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