[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Harrisburg by Ord. No. 17-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pennsylvania Human Relations Act: Act of Oct. 27, 1955, P.L. 744, as amended (43 P.S. § 951 et seq.).
Rental housing discrimination: see 35 P.S. § 1680.402a.
Service uniform discrimination: see Crimes Code (18 Pa.C.S.A. § 7323).
County governments or other political governmental subdivisions (government units) of Dauphin, Perry and Cumberland Counties may elect to be affiliated with the Commission in accordance with the following procedure:
A statement of intent and a record of the proceedings shall be certified to the Solicitor of the City by a representative of the governmental unit seeking affiliation.
Amendments to this code shall be drafted by the City Solicitor on behalf of the government unit, the City Council of Harrisburg, the Commission and the governmental unit electing to affiliate, in order to resolve problems of affiliation relating to financial support, representation, reporting, changes in name and other relationships.
The governmental unit electing to affiliate shall, after the conditions of participation have been agreed upon by its representative as provided in Subsection B hereof, transmit to the City Solicitor the resolutions and proceedings of the governmental unit evidencing agreement to the conditions of affiliation.
Upon acceptance of such affiliation by City Council, by legislation duly adopted which shall include the conditions of affiliation, the provisions of this code shall be applicable to any such governmental unit in accordance with the conditions of affiliation.
In order to effectuate the purposes of this code and recognizing that discriminatory and other practices exist outside of the City, which practices have over the years served to harm, adversely affect and discriminate against both the City and the people who live within the City, the Commission is empowered by this chapter to identify and aggressively pursue both instances and patterns of such conduct as may exist in the region.
Subsequent to the 1954 United States Supreme Court decision relative to public school segregation, practices and effects from zoning, real estate, housing, public accommodation, education, and other laws and activities have developed in various other municipalities such that disparity, separation and exclusion along largely racial, ethnic and economic bases now exist in the region, with the most notable example being between the City and most of its suburban neighbors. Such practices and activities have created and do create the real potential for an environment within which discrimination can and does exist in the region to the detriment of affected classes within the City. The Commission shall diligently review such practices and activities to identify their effects and shall undertake the steps necessary to bring about their end.
In the course of such review and activities, the Commission may utilize all remedies available by law, including securing the assistance of or filing appropriate actions before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the United States Department of Justice, the United States Equal Opportunity Commission and the county, state and federal courts.