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The Commission on Human Relations shall receive and may investigate complaints of, and may initiate its own investigations of, practices of discrimination against any person because of race, color, religion or national origin. It may hold public hearings for such purposes and make public its findings.
Sources: Ordinance of the City of Philadelphia, March 12, 1948.
Purposes: As a part of its law enforcement and educational program, the Commission is empowered to investigate complaints of or on its own initiative to undertake investigations of discriminatory practices. The exercise of this power is not limited to legally prohibited discriminations. Public hearings and public findings are authorized in the belief that they will promote education, inhibit discriminatory practices, and yield factual data for any necessary action, executive or legislative.