Disclaimer: This is general information. We do not provide, nor do we intend to provide, legal advice of any kind. If you believe that you are in need of legal advice, you should consult with an attorney or contact one of the agencies listed below.
For General Inquiries:
Lawyer Referral and Information Service (“LRIS”)
The Philadelphia Bar Association operates LRIS so that individuals in need of legal advice can find and be matched with a skilled attorney who can help them with their particular issue.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”)
http://www1.eeoc.gov/field/philadelphia/, is the federal agency that works with individuals on employment-related matters. The Philadelphia office is located at 801 Market Street, Suite 1300, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3127, 800-669-4000. There is a time limit for filing an administrative complaint with the EEOC: you must file your matter within 300 days of the date of harm.
Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (“PHRC”)
http://www.phrc.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/phrc_home/18970, is the state agency that works with individuals on employment related matters. According to its website, PHRC’s Philadelphia Regional Office is located at 110 North 8th Street, Suite 501, Philadelphia, PA 19107, (215) 560-2496. There is a time limit for filing an administrative complaint of discrimination with the PHRC: you must file your matter within 180 days of the date of harm.
Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (“PCHR”)
http://www.phila.gov/humanrelations/, is the City agency that works with individuals on employment related matters. According to its website, PCHR has two offices: the Center City Office at 601 Walnut Street, Suite 300, Philadelphia, PA 19106, 215-686-4670, and the North Philadelphia Field Office, 601 W. Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19133, 215-685-9761. There is a time limit for filing an administrative charge with the PCHR: you must file your charge of discrimination within 300 days of the last act of discrimination.
The Pennsylvania Bureau of Labor Law Compliance
1301 Labor and Industry Building, 651 Boas Street, Harrisburg, PA 17121, works with individuals on wage and hour matters. Individuals may file claims online at http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=553573&mode=2. According to its website, the Bureau has 5 district offices: Altoona, Suite 200, 2nd Floor 1130, 12th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601, toll free – 1-877-792-8198; Harrisburg District Office, 1302-A Labor & Industry Bldg, 651 Boas Street, Harrisburg, PA 17121, (717) 705-5969; Philadelphia District Office, 110 North 8th Street, Suite 203, Philadelphia, PA 19130-4064, (215) 560-1858; Pittsburgh District Office, 301 5th Avenue Room 3300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, (412) 565-5300; Scranton District Office, Scranton State Office Bldg, 100 Lackawanna Ave -Rm 201B, Scranton, PA 18503, (570) 963-4577.
In New Jersey, the Division on Civil Rights (“DCR”)
http://www.nj.gov/oag/dcr/index.html, works with individuals on employment related matters. According to its website, DCR operates several regional offices: Trenton Regional Office at 609-292-4605; Atlantic City Office at 609-441-3100; Camden Office at 856-614-2550; Newark Office at 973-648-2700.
In Delaware, the Department of Labor Office of Discrimination
http://dia.delawareworks.com/discrimination/, works with individuals on employment related matters. According its website, the DDOL has 2 intake offices: Wilmington, 4425 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19802, (302) 761-8085; Milford, 24 N. W. Front St., Suite 100, Milford, DE 19963, (302) 422-1134. There is a time limit for filing an administrative charge with the DDOL: you must file your charge of discrimination within 120 days of the date of harm.