Frequently Asked Questions

 1.    What types of discrimination does the Cheltenham Township Human Relations Ordinance prohibit?


The ordinance prohibits discrimination due to actual or perceived:


·        Race

·        Color

·        Age

·        Religious Creed

·        Ancestry

·        Sex

·        National Origin

·        Handicap or Disability

·        Use of guide or support animals and/or mechanical aides because of blindness, deafness or physical handicap of the user or, because the user is a handler or trainer of support or guide animals

·        Sexual orientation

·        Gender Identity

·        Gender Expression


2.    Are all types of discrimination prohibited? 


No. The ordinance only protects persons from discrimination in employment (with some exceptions for religious organizations and fraternal organizations), housing accommodations (with an exception for housing for older persons and some exceptions for religious organizations and fraternal organizations), publicly-offered commercial property transactions, and public accommodation (such as restaurants, retail stores, public libraries, elementary and secondary schools, and colleges and universities).


3.    Do I have to live in Cheltenham Township to be protected by the Cheltenham Township Human Relations Ordinance?


No. If the alleged discrimination occurred in the Cheltenham Township, the ordinance covers it.  If you believe you have been a victim of discrimination in Cheltenham Township, the ordinance protects you. You do not have to be a resident of the Township to file a complaint.


4.    How soon after the discrimination occurs do I have to file a complaint?


You must file your complaint within 180 days from the last date on which the discriminatory act took place.


5.    Do I have to pay a filing fee to file my complaint?


No. There is no charge to file your complaint.


6.    How do I know if the ordinance covers my employer?


Employers with four or more employees are covered under the ordinance.


7.    How long will it take to process my complaint?


Every complaint is different but the process should generally take between three to six months. If your case is more complicated, it could take longer to resolve.