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§ 9-1122. Private Right Of Action.

(1) If a complainant invokes the procedures set forth in this Chapter, that person's right of action in the courts of the Commonwealth shall not be foreclosed. If within one (1) 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 may bring an action in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County based on the right to freedom from discrimination granted by this Chapter.

(2) An action under this Section shall be filed within two years after the date of notice from the Commission closing the case. Any action 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.

(3) The court may grant any relief it deems appropriate, including the right to recover for each violation:

(a) Compensatory damages;

(b) Punitive damages;

(c) Reasonable attorneys' fees;

(d) Court costs; and

(e) Such other relief, including injunctive relief, as the court may deem appropriate.

(4) Nothing in this Chapter limits the right of an injured person to recover damages under any other applicable law or legal theory.

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