About PHRC

Mission Statement

It is the purpose and policy of the City of Paducah to safeguard all individuals within the City and McCracken County from discrimination in public facilities, housing, education, and employment in area of race, color, disability, age, religion, sex, and national origin.  The Paducah Human Rights Commission is sworn to protect the interest of all the people’s personal dignity and freedom from humiliation.  The Commission will make their full productive capabilities available to the community in securing the area against strife and unrest which would menace its democratic processes in preserving the public safety, health, and general welfare in furthering the interests, rights, and privileges of all individuals.

  • Advocate for human and civil rights.
  • Investigate and mediate discrimination complaints.  When appropriate, we provide referrals to other government agencies.
  • Resolve community disputes and issues involving individual or systemic illegal discrimination.
  • Advise the City of Paducah on human rights issues.
  • Collaborate with public and private sectors to promote education on how to prevent and eliminate discrimination citywide.

According to the Paducah Code of Ordinances for Human Rights, the Paducah Human Rights Commission's authority covers housing, employment, and public accommodation violations based on race, color, religion, national origin, age (between 40-70) or disability. The Paducah Human Rights Commission was formed May 26, 1964.  We have no jurisdiction over complaints related to

  •  Style of dress
  •  Rude behavior
  •  Personal disputes
  •  Political affiliation

If your complaint falls under any of those categories, we recommend that you seek assistance from an attorney.


The Paducah Human Rights Commission consists of nine representative citizens appointed by the Mayor and City Commissioners to serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, City Commission, and other City departments in matters affecting human rights.  The Paducah Human Rights Commission is a volunteer board.  For short biographies of the Commissioners and if you are interested in serving as a Paducah Human Rights Commissioner, visit Human Rights Commissioners >> 


The Paducah Human Rights Commission meets on the first Monday of each month at 5 p.m. in the City Commissioner's Conference Room on the second floor of City Hall.  Unless otherwise specified, all meetings are open to the public. 


The Paducah Human Rights Commissioners are divided among several committees. These committees review cases relating to these specific areas and provide assistance and closure to ensure that all human rights violations are corrected as quickly as possible.