WYOMISSING-READING-BERKS COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION ATTORNEY
Attorney Jana R. Barnett regularly represents clients who claim that they were discriminated against in violation of Pennsylvania state law.
The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act prohibits employers with at least four employees from discriminating against individuals or groups on the bases of race, color, familial status, religious creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, disability, use of guide or support animals because of blindness, deafness or physical handicap of the user, or because the user is a handler or supporter of guide or support animals. The Act also prohibits discrimination in housing and public accommodations.
Individuals who believe that they have suffered discrimination have one hundred eighty (180) days from the last act of discrimination to file a charge of discrimination with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC). Complaints must be filed with one of the Commission's three regional offices.
Complainants must swear or affirm that the information in their Complaints is accurate to the best of their knowledge, information and belief. The Commission will prepare charges of discrimination when, after conducting its own investigation, it believes that the victim has provided information indicating that discrimination may have occurred.
It is helpful for victims to retain counsel as early as possible in order to preserve evidence, to identify evidence that the law believes is or may be significant, and to determine the value of the claim. Victims may retain counsel to prepare a charge of discrimination for the PHRC to file. In addition, victims may request that their claims be cross-filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the PHRC will cross-file the claims, and preserve the complainant's rights under federal as well as state law.
When the Commission is still handling a Complaint, and after one year has passed from the date of filing, it will notify the Complainant that he or she may bring an action in the Court of Common Pleas. If the Commission dismisses a Complaint before one year passes, it will give the “one year notice” at the time of dismissal.
The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission also administers the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act (PFEOA), which makes it an unfair educational practice for an educational institution to discriminate against students because of race, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, handicap or disability. The law does not apply to religious or denominational education institutions. The complaint procedure under the PFEOA is the same as under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.
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If you would like to speak with Attorney Jana R. Barnett about a federal discrimination claim, and learn how she can assist you, call her at 610-478-1860, or click here to send her an e-mail, and she will reply as quickly as possible.