Discrimination claims in York to get look after long delay

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Jun 9, 2014 4:44 AM

(York) -- Cases of alleged housing or workplace discrimination in York will soon be handled by a city commission.

For at least a year, they've been referred to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

The 10-member York City Human Relations Commission is about to hire a full-time investigator and may soon start a search for an office manager.

The moves come after a shake-up last year when all 11 board members left the panel after the executive director was fired.

Karen Rollins-Fitch, acting chair of the Commission, says there's much to be done when everything is up and running.

"We wanna be out in the community, making the community aware of the services we offer, how we can assist them. We want to do educational outreach also."

Rollins-Fitch says many people in the city don't know where to turn when they suspect discrimination, and sometimes don't even realize it's occurring.

Once hired, the investigator will have 15 cases to handle, which date back to the turmoil at the commission.

Fitch says the panel already has a candidate in mind, but is just waiting on the city's Human Resource Department to extend an offer.

"We really want someone that can get on the ground running because it's been delayed for so long. We want someone that has the experience investigating, someone that has some experience in the community and that can get out there and get the work done," says Rollins-Fitch.

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