Kevin Kish sworn in as new Director of
Department of Fair Employment and Housing

“Laws are promises, and our anti-discrimination laws are among the most serious and commanding promises that we make to each other as a society. It’s truly an amazing and exciting experience to have the opportunity to understand and enforce those laws.”

- Kevin Kish

Kevin Kish being Swon in as new Director of Department of Fair Employment and Housing

Governor Brown appointed Kevin Kish as the new Director and Joan Keegan as the new Chief Deputy Director for the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Click here to view their Biographies.


The DFEH is the state agency charged with enforcing California’s civil rights laws. The mission of the DFEH is to protect the people of California from unlawful discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations and from hate violence. 


March 19, 2015 - DFEH Settles Farmworkers Sexual Discrimination Case

View press release

May 20, 2014 - DFEH's Historic Settlement with the Law School Admission Council

 A multimillion-dollar settlement levels the playing field for individuals with disabilities in law school admissions and provides for compensation to victims of discrimination and changes in LSAC’s policies or practices. See more.  


DFEH Releases Supplemental Report on Activities, 2011-2014. Click here.



 Review DFEH draft Tribal Consultation Policy.  




Due to technical difficulties, Pre-Complaint Inquires or complaints for an immediate Right-to-Sue notice submitted on February 4-5, 2015 may not have been successfully submitted. If you need to confirm the status of the submission of your Pre-Complaint Inquiry or complaint for an immediate Right-to-Sue notice, or need assistance in resubmitting the inquiry or complaint, contact the DFEH Communication Center at 800-884-1684. If you need technical assistance and are having difficulty accessing Houdini, contact the DFEH Information Technical Support Unit at 916-585-7575.

OCTOBER 30, 2014

ONLINE SYSTEM USERS: DID YOU FILE A PRE-COMPLAINT INQUIRY OR REQUEST A RIGHT TO SUE OR PUBLIC RECORD ON OCTOBER 30, 2014 BETWEEN 8:00 A.M. AND 11:00 A.M.? If so, the DFEH Case Management System service provider experienced a system interruption that may have affected your request. To ensure that your Pre-Complaint Inquiry, Right to Sue request or Public Records Act request is fully processed, please resubmit. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact the Communications Center at (800) 884-1684.


To File a Pre-Complaint Inquiry you may select one of the following methods:

If you have a disability that prevents you from submitting a written pre-complaint form on-line, by mail, or email, the DFEH can assist you by scribing your pre-complaint by phone or for individuals who communicate by American Sign Language through the relay system. Contact the Communication Center 800-884-1684 (voice) or 800-700-2320 (TTY) or by email to to schedule an appointment.

The DFEH will continue to accept online complaint filings for persons who do not wish for the DFEH to investigate their complaint. Instead, request an immediate Right to Sue.

DFEH Procedural Regulations Rulemaking Action



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