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File an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaint

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

You should file a complaint if you believe you have witnessed or experienced discriminatory behavior or harassment by a City employee on the basis of protected class status.

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

The Department of Labor’s Employee Relations Unit (ERU) is responsible for overseeing and ensuring compliance with the City’s policies regarding Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and sexual harassment.

Protected categories

The City’s policies identify the following protected categories:

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Color
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Ancestry
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Marital status
  • Source of income
  • Familial status
  • Genetic information
  • Domestic or sexual violence victim status


You can submit your complaint through an online form. On this form, you can include:

  • Information about yourself.
  • Information about the accused.
  • Details about the incident(s) you are reporting. This may include:
    • When and where it happened.
    • A description of the incident.
    • Information about any witnesses.
    • Information on the outcome or corrective action that you are seeking.

You should provide as much detail as possible about your complaint. Incomplete information may lead to an incomplete investigation.

File a complaint

What happens next

Your complaint will be forwarded to the Department of Labor’s Employee Relations Unit (ERU).
An investigator will be assigned to your complaint.

The investigator will contact you to discuss your complaint. They will also try to get statements from all participants and witnesses of the alleged incident.

The investigator will determine if there is evidence to support the charge and compile their findings.

A letter of findings will be provided to the person who filed the complaint, the person the complaint was filed against, and the Appointing Authority.

If the charge is upheld, the Appointing Authority will take action.

The Appointing Authority will, after review and consultation with the ERU, determine an appropriate level of discipline for the person the complaint was filed against. If the charge results in discipline, documentation will be placed in the personnel file of the person the complaint was filed against.