About the Commission and
Filing a Complaint
1960s, Allentown City Government passed Allentown’s anti-discrimination
ordinance to promote mutual understanding and to prohibit discrimination; the
legislation created the Allentown Human Relations Commission empowering it to
implement the ordinance.
this ordinance all persons in Allentown, regardless of race, color, religion,
national origin, ancestry or place of birth, sex, gender identity, sexual
orientation, disability, marital status, age (over 40), family status in
housing, handicap or disability, or use of a guide or support animal because of
blindness, deafness or physical disability enjoy the full benefits of
citizenship and are afforded equal opportunities for employment, housing, and
use of public accommodation facilities.
establishes this list of characteristics to define who is protected from
discrimination; these are called protected classes. If you live or work in the
City of Allentown and feel you have been discriminated against based on any
protected class, you can contact the Mayor's Liaison to file a complaint.
first step is to call the Human Relations Office and speak to the Mayor's
Liaison by calling 610.437.7743
Mayor's Liaison will discuss your concern with you. If you want to file a
formal complaint, the Mayor's Liaison will set up an appointment for you to
come into the office in Allentown City Hall at 435 Hamilton Street.
Discrimination Complaint Form (formulario de quejas de discriminación)
Submit Complaint Form Online
should bring to your appointment with the Mayor's Liaison information about
when the discrimination took place, who was involved, what happened, and the
basis on which the complaint will be filed. If this is an employment
complaint, bring the full name and address of the employer and the approximate
number of people employed at the business. If it is a public accommodation
complaint -- which means denial or unfair treatment in a business, agency or
service provider – you will need to have the address and name of the business
For a housing complaint, have the name and address of your landlord and a copy
of your lease. If you aren’t sure what to bring, ask when you call. The Human
Relations Commission investigator will be nonjudgmental. Investigators who
speak both English and Spanish are available. Be sure to give all the facts and
details to the Investigator. Answer all questions fully. Provide any witnesses
or documents, such as a payroll slip or rent receipts, and be sure to keep your
investigator advised of any change in your address or phone number. The
investigator will determine if more information is needed and will help you to
prepare a statement you can sign. The officer is compelled to deal with housing
complaints within 100 days. Complaints regarding employment and public
accommodation can take longer.
wish to become a member of the Allentown Human Relations Commission, please click here
to download an application.
The Commission meets the 1st Thursday,
monthly at 7:00 pm at Allentown City Hall. 435 Hamilton Street,
5th-floor conference room. Committee meetings are usually held at 6:00pm, just prior to
the regular meeting. For all commission inquiries please
contact Ismael Arcelay at 610.437.7743