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§ 5007.1. Right of Action

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 24 P.S. Education

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 24 P.S. Education
Chapter 19. Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act (Refs & Annos)
24 P.S. § 5007.1
§ 5007.1. Right of Action
(a) In cases involving a claim of discrimination, if a complainant invokes the procedures set forth in this act, that individual's right of action in the courts of the Commonwealth shall not be foreclosed. If, within one year after the filing of a complaint with the commission, the commission dismisses the complaint or has not entered into a conciliation agreement to which the complainant is a party, the commission must so notify the complainant. On receipt of such a notice, the complainant shall be able to bring an action in the courts of common pleas of the Commonwealth based on the right to freedom from discrimination granted by this act.
(b) An action under this section shall be filed within two years after the date of notice from the commission closing the complaint. Any complaint so filed shall be served on the commission at the time the complaint is filed in court. The commission shall notify the complainant of this requirement.
(c) If the court finds that the respondent has engaged in or is engaging in an unlawful discriminatory practice charged in the complaint, the court shall enjoin the respondent from engaging in such unlawful discriminatory practice and order affirmative action which may include, but not be limited to, reinstatement, admitting students, reimbursement of tuition or fees, or any other legal or equitable relief as the court deems appropriate.
(d) The court shall serve upon the commission any final order issued in any action brought under this section.
(e) If, after a trial held pursuant to subsection (a), the court of common pleas finds that a defendant engaged in or is engaging in any unlawful discriminatory practice as defined in this act, the court may award attorney fees and costs to the prevailing plaintiff.
(f) If, after a trial held pursuant to subsection (a), the court of common pleas finds that a defendant has not engaged in or is not engaging in any unlawful discriminatory practice as defined in this act, the court may award attorney fees and costs to the prevailing defendant if the defendant proves that the complaint was brought in bad faith.
(g) The time limits for filing any complaint or other pleading under this act shall be subject to waiver, estoppel and equitable tolling.
(h) Nothing in this act shall be construed as superseding any provision of the act of October 15, 1980 (P.L. 950, No. 164), known as the “Commonwealth Attorneys Act.”1 All court actions commenced by or against the commission shall be subject to the provisions of that act.

Credits

1961, July 17, P.L. 776, No. 341, § 7.1, added 1992, Dec. 21, P.L. 1683, No. 187, § 4, effective in 60 days.

Footnotes

71 P.S. § 732-101 et seq.
24 P.S. § 5007.1, PA ST 24 P.S. § 5007.1
Current through 2022 Regular Session Act 30. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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