Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

Public Hearing Information

Public Hearings are scheduled by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) Office of the Hearing Examiner. 

Public Hearings at the PHRC

If a discrimination case has not settled after a probable cause finding, the PHRC may convene a public hearing at which testimony under oath is presented infront of one of our Hearing Examiners.

  • Your complaint will be represented by a PHRC attorney, or a private attorney if you prefer.
  • A decision will be rendered, and a legally enforceable order issued.
    • This order may be appealed to Commonwealth Court.
  • In certain housing discrimination cases, parties will be permitted to elect court action in Commonwealth Court instead of a PHRC public hearing.
Upcoming Public Hearings
  1. August 27, 2024 (TBD) River Robins v. PUC, PHRC Case No. 202200982

If you are an organization interested in hosting a public hearing, or if you would like more information about the hearings scheduled, please contact us.

Office of the Hearing Examiner

  • Adjudicates motions.
  • Issues rules to show cause when petitions are filed alleging a respondent has failed to answer a complaint.
  • Makes recommendation of a finding of liability when a respondent does not respond to a rule to show cause,
  • Conducts pre-hearing conferences in those cases that are approved for Public Hearing.
  • Either conducts hearings as Hearing Examiner or advises a panel of Commissioners when a panel is assigned to hear a case.

Filings made to the PHRC Office of the Hearing Examiner:

  • The filing guidelines [PDF] apply to ALL filings, including those made prior to case placement on the public hearing docket.
  • Filings may be made by emailing a copy to the PHRC.
  • Legal captions and headings shall follow the template provided in Appendix C [PDF].
  • THE COMMISSION MAY REJECT FILINGS THAT DO NOT CONFORM TO THESE REQUIREMENTS.