Human Rights

The Paducah Human Rights Commission (PHRC) was formed May 26, 1964.  This board helps ensure that Paducah residents and visitors maintain the right to live and work as equal partners in our community. Never should anyone discriminate - or be discriminated against - because of race, color, religion, age, familial status, handicap, sex, national origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation in connection with employment, places of public accommodation, and housing.  Sadly, unfortunate incidents do occur, even in a progressive city such as ours. If you experience discrimination or humiliation because someone has violated your human rights, the City of Paducah wants to know about it, and the Paducah Human Rights Commission wants to help.

Human Rights Commission Ordinance (adopted Jan. 2018)
2019 Annual Report

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.

If your complaint falls under any of the following categories, we recommend that you seek assistance from an attorney.  We have no jurisdiction over complaints related to style of dress; rude behavior; personal disputes; or political affiliation.


Paducah Human Rights Commission
300 South 5th Street, City Hall, Suite 106 (office is wheelchair accessible)
Paducah, KY 42003
Phone: 270-444-8643
Fax: 270-443-8680
Hours: Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Office closes between noon and 12:30 p.m. for lunch.  On the first Tuesday of each month, the hours are 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. with a break for lunch.  

File a Complaint

Learn the process to File a Complaint if you feel you have been a victim of discrimination.