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Human Relations Commission

28 E. Market St., York, PA 17401
Phone: (717) 846-2926
Fax: (717) 845-4583

About

The Commission is vested with the authority to administer and enforce the anti-discrimination ordinance of the City of York and may initiate, receive, investigate, and adjudicate complaints charging unlawful discriminatory practices.

The Commission is responsible for enforcing Act 185 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of York; which includes performing intake, investigation and determination of complaints of discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. The Commission also monitors and reports on hate crimes and other civil tensions within the City and its surrounding areas, working with local, state and federal agencies. Education and outreach are also important. The Commission engages in workshops, meetings, community outreach and collaborative efforts to promote diversity, equality and non-violence in the City of York and beyond. The Commission advocates for the civil rights of all citizens of the city.

The Commission advocates for city residents by providing technical assistance in the preservation of State and Federal rights where the act of discrimination is outside the city and would have a negative impact on the community. Over 50% of the cases of discrimination outside our jurisdiction are city residents.

The Commission attempts to prevent discrimination through an education, training, and outreach effort and by promoting harmony and good will among groups throughout the community.

Mission

To promote public health, safety, general welfare and interest by assuring equal opportunity to all individuals and to safeguard their right to public accommodation, to secure housing and to foster the employment of all individuals in accordance with their fullest capacities regardless of their race, color, familial status, religion, creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or use of a support animal.

Goals

Sponsor or Co-sponsor at least 3 public forums or educational seminars, dealing with the prevention of discrimination or fostering of goodwill among groups.

Provide speakers, panelists, or training for at least 5 events throughout the year dealing with discrimination.

Seek the creation of a joint City-County Commission on Human Relations. Continue participating in County and State-wide efforts at prejudice reduction by serving on boards, task forces, and committees.

Advocate for the delivery of services to the people of the City of York without regard to their race, color, familial status, religious creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or use of a support animal.

Staff

Johanna Ramirez – Administrative Intake Support Specialist
(717) 846-2926
jramirez@yorkcity.org

Tonya Thompson-Morgan – Investigator
(717) 846-2926
tthompso@yorkcity.org

  • Commission Members
    1. Karen Rollins-Fitch, Acting Chair, Term expires 7/16/18
    2. Erin Spohn Canganelli, Term expires 7/16/18 (Filled unexpired term of James Sawor)
    3. Harold Myers, Term expires 7/16/19 (Filled unexpired term of Amy Chamberlin)
    4. Jeanne E. Buckingham,Term expires 7/16/17 (Filled unexpired term of Raquel Lilly)
    5. Cheril L. Chronister, Term expires 7/16/18
    6. VACANT – Term expires 7/16/17 (To fill unexpired term of Nate Rivera)
    7. Kenneth F. Woerthwein, Term expires 7/16/17
    8. Stan Sexton, Term expires 7/16/19
    9. VACANT – Term expires 7/16/19
    10. Mark Rhodes, Term expires 7/16/17
    11. VACANT, Term expires 7/16/18 (To fill unexpired term of Judy Ritter-Dickson)
  • Fair-Housing

    Federal, state and local laws, guarantees fair housing practices. The City of York Human Relations Commission (CYHRC) investigates and enforces the City of York Human Relations ordinance to ensure local housing rights are protected.

     

  • Bias-Related Incidents

    The City of York Human Relations Commission (CYHRC) is mandated to monitor tension and bias incidents in the community and to report them to local, state and federal agencies.

    A bias-related incident is an action taken by a person or group is perceived to be malicious toward another person, or group based on bias or prejudice. Relating to such characteristics as actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender, age, or gender identity or expression or any situation in which intergroup tensions exists based on such group characteristics.

    In addition to monitoring, and reporting these types of activities, the CYHRC works with community groups, civil rights organizations, faith communities, schools, and civic associations to address these issues in a positive way for the community.

    To accomplish our purpose, the CYHRC builds cooperative relationships, shares information and resources, and coordinates incident response with law enforcement and community agents. The Commission also formulates effective strategies offered to schools and communities through technical assistance. This includes programs like conflict resolution, ethnic and cultural diversity issues, racism, community dialogues, hate groups and more.

    The CYHRC also maintains a resource library with books, videos and training materials on issues like race, religions, the holocaust, dealing with disabilities, cultural diversity, equal employment, fair housing, sexual orientation and more. Please contact the Commission for a copy of the resource list, or stop by the office to browse through the available materials. All resource materials are available for check out to the public.

  • Employment and Public Accommodations

    Employment
    It is unlawful for any employer, employment agency or labor organization to discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, handicap or disability, familial status, religious creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or use of support animals with regard to:

    • Wages
    • Benefits
    • Layoffs
    • Promotions
    • Refusal to hire
    • Retaliation
    • Unfair employment practice
    • Terms or conditions of employment
    • Sexual harassment
    • Other

    Public Accommodations
    Public accommodations are anything open to the general public. Examples include stores, malls, restaurants, parks, banks, government buildings and so forth.

    It is unlawful for any public accommodation to discriminate on the basis of race, color, handicap or disability, familial status, religious creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or use of support animals to:

    • Refuse or withhold public accommodation
    • Refuse or withhold service
    • Advertise in a discriminatory way
    • Retaliate
  • Proposed Amendments

    Amendments to these practice and procedures have been made by a vote of two-thirds of the Commission. The proposed amendments were read on May 19, 2014  and a notice of the proposed amendments were published in a newspaper of general circulation to insure public review and opportunity for comment.  A special meeting was held on June 23, 2014  at the City of York Council Chambers, 101 S. George St. York, PA 17401, to vote on the proposed amendments.

    Practices and Procedures – Approved Amendments

    This document is also available for review at the HRC office.

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