HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION
DOYLESTOWN HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION
The Human Relations Commission shall work toward the elimination of discrimination and unlawful harassment, and to foster greater understanding, inclusion, and justice for those who live, work, study, worship, travel, and play in the Borough of Doylestown.
The Human Relations Commission is composed of seven to fifteen members appointed by the Borough Council after application and interview. All Commission members are either residents of Doylestown Borough or work within its boundaries. Our current Commission is comprised of men and women from diverse backgrounds and fields: law, education, finance, sales, business, the arts, and social services. Commission members serve on a volunteer basis for a three-year term and receive no compensation.
THE HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION
It is the policy of Doylestown Borough to foster the employment of individuals in accordance with their fullest capacities as well as to afford equal opportunities for employment, housing, and the use of public accommodations within Doylestown Borough.
In 2010, Doylestown Borough Council passed an ordinance establishing the Doylestown Human Relations Commission to ensure that all people who live, work, or visit in Doylestown are treated fairly and equally. Our ordinance extends illegal discriminatory acts to include those based on actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information and marital status. An ordinance was more recently passed protecting the right to breastfeed in public accommodations.
The Human Relations Commission advocates for and takes positive action toward eliminating discrimination and unlawful harassment and fostering greater understanding, inclusion and justice for those who live, work, study, worship, travel and play in the Borough of Doylestown.
If you have questions, or feel that you have been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice within the borders of Doylestown Borough, please call Borough Manager John Davis at 215-345-4140.
The Human Relations Commission was established by Doylestown Borough Council in 2010, pursuant to an ordinance based upon the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. The Doylestown Borough ordinance extends protection from illegal discriminatory acts to include those based on actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, and marital status. At that time, Doylestown became the 17th jurisdiction in Pennsylvania to extend these civil rights protections. Since then, several other Pennsylvania jurisdictions have passed similar measures.
It is the hope of the Commission that it never has to hear a complaint of illegal discrimination in the Borough of Doylestown; however, the Commission stands ready as a local alternative to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and with additional areas of protection.
It is the policy of Doylestown Borough, through the ordinance passed and the Human Relations Commission, to ensure that all people who live, work, or visit in Doylestown are treated fairly and equally. It is our policy to foster the employment of individuals in accordance with their fullest capacities as well as to afford equal opportunities for employment, housing and the use of public accommodations.
For questions or further information please contact John Davis, Borough Manager, at 215-345-4140.