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The Official Web Site of the State of South Carolina
Working together
to eliminate and prevent
unlawful discrimination
in South Carolina

Welcome to the

South Carolina Human Affairs Commission

 

The South Carolina Human Affairs Commission was created by the General Assembly in 1972 to encourage fair treatment, eliminate and prevent unlawful discrimination, and foster mutual understanding and respect among all people in this state. Based on the tenets of Title VII of the 1964 federal Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disability Act, the South Carolina General Assembly declared that the practice of discrimination within the state because of a person’s race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability to be unlawful, and in conflict with the ideals of the State of South Carolina and the nation.

The SC Human Affairs Commission strives to alleviate these problems of discrimination through the enforcement of the SC Human Affairs Law, the SC Fair Housing Law and the SC Equal Enjoyment and Privileges to Public Accommodations Law. Additionally, the General Assembly mandated that the Commission would be responsible with the monitoring of South Carolina state government agency Affirmative Action Plans. The Commission also seeks to establish Community Relations Councils throughout the state to foster more effective community relations, goodwill and mutual understanding and respect among the residents of South Carolina. 

Mission Statement

The Mission of the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission is to eliminate and prevent unlawful discrimination in: employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age and disability; housing on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability; and public accommodations on the basis of race, color, national origin and religion.

VISION

The South Carolina Human Affairs Commission's Vision is to be well known with a positive image and a mission that is understood and accepted by the public.  SCHAC is a fully resourced, customer-friendly agency with a diverse, well-trained and efficient team working together effectively in a safe and supportive work environment in fulfillment of the agency's mission.

VALUES

Accountability -- is being responsible for the proper management of public resources and exercise of authority vested in SCHAC.

Customer Service -- is treating all stakeholders (internal and external) in a courteous manner. One must be responsible, helpful and knowledgeable; and adhere to the agency's mission, values and goals.

Fairness -- is the equal and consistent treatment of all parties involved in an impartial manner.

Integrity -- is exhibiting the traits of honesty and truthfulness; and adhering to the moral and ethical standards as stated in the S.C. Code of Ethics.

Loyalty -- is being faithful to the mission, vision, and values of the agency and our obligations to the public.

Professionalism -- is showing respect for others in your actions and your words; and performing the functions of your job in a responsible, effective manner.

Teamwork -- is individuals and units working together in harmony for the expressed purpose of pursuing completion of assigned tasks and accomplishing established goals.