Announcements and Press Releases
September 8, 2015 - A wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former Hanford department head was settled for $237,500. View story in hanfordsentinel.com.
August 24, 2015 - Target to pay $2.8 million for discriminatory hiring tests. View story in Fortune.com.
August 11, 2015 - Department of Fair Employment and Housing Sues Los Angeles Financing Company For Sex Discrimination In Subprime Automobile Loans To Women. View press release.
August 7, 2015 - Federal Court upholds most of Panel's Report in DFEH Settlement with Law School Admissions Council. View Court Order.
July 10, 2015 - Supreme Court upholds a key tool fighting discrimination in the housing market from the Washington Post. View story in the Washington Post.
June 3, 2015 - Director Kevin Kish named one of California's top Labor and Employment Lawyers by the Daily Journal. View story in the Daily Journal.
March 19, 2015 - DFEH Settles Farmworkers Sexual Discrimination Case. View press release.
9/1/14 - NPR/KPCC reports on improvements in online complaint filing at the CA Department of Fair Employment & Housing. NPR reports on improvements in online complaint filing at the CA Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Listen or read to NPR Reports.
8/13/14 - DFEH announces that renowned disability and civil rights attorney Paula Pearlman, former Executive Director of the Disability Rights Legal Center and Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, will join the Department as Senior Staff Counsel in its Systemic Litigation Unit in Los Angeles in September 2014.
5/29/14 - United States District Court Judge Edward M. Chen entered a Permanent Injunction forever banning the Law School Admission Council from annotating or "flagging" the LSAT scores of test takers who took the examination with the accommodation of additional test time. In the past, LSAC had reported the scores of those test takers and identified that the test taker was an individual with a disability, that the test had been taken under non standard conditions and that the test scores had to be viewed with great sensitivity. In addition the Judge today gave court approval to a 61 page Consent Decree with extensive provisions and revisions to LSAC's practices regarding testing accommodations and which provides for $8.73 million in monetary relief. See comments on DFEH v. LSAC. See Cartoon: DFEH v. LSAC - We Leveled the Playing Field.
5/21/14 - Director Phyllis Cheng profiled on Inside Counsel magazine's May 2014 cover story, State of Evolution: Inside the DFEH.
5/20/14 - DFEH'sMultimillion-Dollar Settlement Levels the Playing Field for People with Disabilities in Law School Admissions. See press release ( HTML | PDF), Consent Decree ( HTML | PDF), and more. See stories in Courthouse News, National Law Journal, ABA Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, Law360, Forbes, The Recorder, Daily Journal, Inside Counsel, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, ABC News, Seyfarth Shaw Class Action Blog, Seyfarth Shaw ADA Title III Blog, News Park Forest, and others. See Cartoon: LSAT Admins Get Schooledin The Recorder.
4/29/14 - In United Parcel Post v. Dept. Fair Employ. & Hous.(Mason) (CA4/3 G049493), the Court of Appeal, in an unpublished opinion, affirmed that the employer had unlawfully terminatedthe employee in violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act because it discriminated against her based on a physical disability and failed to take all reasonable steps necessary to prevent discrimination from occurring.
4/28/14 - See Facilitating Facilities in the Workplace: The DFEH Litigates a Gender Identity Access Case in the Seyfarth Shaw Blog.
4/2/14 - The Senate Rules Committee unanimously confirmed Governor Brown's appointees to the Fair Employment and Housing Council---Chairperson Chaya Mandelbaum, Councilmembers Dale Brodsky,Chanée Franklin Minor,Patricia Perez and Andrew Schneiderman. See the photo of the Councilmembersand video of DFEH Fair Employment and Housing Council Senate Rules Committee Confirmation Hearing.
3/25/14 - HUD issues letter applauding DFEH's considerable progress, removes the DFEH from a performance improvement plan, and initiates renewal of a five-year MOU, which would effectively recertify the California Fair Employment and Housing Act’s substantial equivalency to the Federal Fair Housing Act.
3/14/14 - Digital Journal by PRWEB wrote a story on " HoudiniEsq a Resounding Success for California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing."
3/13/14 - The DFEH is moving forward with a first of its kind transgender case, more info on today’s ruling here. See Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center's Web site posting on this story.
3/3/14 - LAW 360 wrote a story on "Calif. Agency Asks To Join WinCo Discrimination Suit." Here is an excerpt: "The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing urged a California federal judge on Monday to let it intervene... in a WinCo Foods LLC employee's discrimination suit against the grocery chain, saying her case could impact larger efforts to prove WinCo illegally discriminates against pregnant and disabled workers. An adverse ruling in Victoria Stowers' case, which accuses WinCo of firing her after she requested medical leave to recover from a hysterectomy, could jeopardize an 18-month DFEH investigation into the company's employment policies, many of which are discriminatory and harm employees and the state, DFEH attorney Mari Mayeda argued. “We are in a far better position than Stowers” to show WinCo has followed discriminatory practices for years, Mayeda said. “The department's interests would be in peril … if she doesn't prevail, WinCo will attempt to use this in litigation in settlement with other employees who come forward.” The DFEH's investigation has focused on a handful of WinCo policies, particularly one that requires employees to be “100 percent healed” from any condition and able to do their jobs without accommodation. Although WinCo says it doesn't follow the policy, it exists in writing and violates state and federal employment law, according to the DFEH." Access limited to subscribers: http://www.law360.com/m/articles/515002/
2/24/14 - DFEH Director Phyllis Cheng testified before the Senate Committee on Business, Professions & Economic Development Hearing on Fake Service Dogs. See KCRA story and KABC-TV coverage.
1/30/14 - The Department of Fair Employment and Housing, under a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, produced new 2014 "Fair Housing 101" videos to educate Californians about their right to be free from discrimination in housing under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.
9/24/13 - Department of Fair Employment and Housing Wins State Bar Education Pipeline Award. See related SVCnews.com article, COC Shares in Award for Diversity. See the State Bar 12th Annual Diversity Award Invitation and the Diversity Stakeholder Forum and Awards Reception Invitation celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
9/22/13 - DFEH discusses its new case management system in a cloud on segment aired and/or to be aired on 21st Century Business Fox News, CNBC and Bloomberg.
8/13/13 - Department of Fair Employment and Housing Forms Partnership with Pepperdine University School of Law for Clinical Mediation Program. See the press release of Pepperdine University School of Law.
6/5/13 - The Daily Journal reported on government and non-profit recruitment of law clerks, focusing on the DFEH’s partnerships with UC Irvine and Davis law schools. Citing to direct experience taking depositions, questioning witnesses, making opening statements and closing arguments, settling and winning cases, Director Phyllis Cheng said, “‘This is the place where civil rights lawyers will cut their teeth.“
5/1/13 - California Lawyer Magazine reports on the DFEH's Law School Admission Council class action litigation.
5/6/13 - Governor Brown appoints five attorneys to the DFEH Fair Employment and Housing Council, a rulemaking body.
4/26/13 - Seyfarth Shaw Class Action Blog reports EEOC Redux: Federal Judge Holds California State Agency Exempt From Rule 23 Requirements.
4/22/13 - The Recorder reports that the DFEH's LSAT Discrimination Suit Gets Green Light. Read U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen's 19-page order, which holds: "When a government agency pursues class wide relief through a civil enforcement action, it is not prosecuting a 'class action' subject to Rule 23." This is the first time the well-settled legal principle applied to federal Title VII prosecutions by the EEOC has been applied to enforcement of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act by the DFEH. See also the 4/23/13 Daily Journal on the same story.
3/28/13 - The Workplace Class Action Blog reports California Promises a Pattern and Practice of FEHA Enforcement Actions.
3/25/13 - Law 360 reports More Class Suits Ahead, Says Calif. Employment Agency Chief.
02/16/13 - San Francisco Chronicle reports discrimination ruling could hurt workers' lawsuits in Harris v. City of Santa Monica.
02/06/12 - 2012 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year Award - Remarks of Award Recipient Phyllis Cheng
12/17/12 - DFEH announces that renowned civil rights class action lawyer Mari Mayeda, former Saperstein Seligman Mayeda Goldstein partner & Impact Fund chair, has joined the Department as Sr. Staff Counsel.
11/28/12 - Merced Sun Star reports the DFEH and City of Merced settle $425,000 discrimination suit with firefighter.
10/22/12 - National Law Journal publishes article on DFEH v. Law School Admission Council class action, Heat is on for Law School Test.
10/19/12 - DFEH Director Phyllis Cheng interviews with Government Technology Magazine on Google Hangout.
10/02/12 - Nationally Renowned Civil Rights Class Action Specialist, Brad Seligman, Trains DFEF Staff
08/03/12 - LexisNexis® Emerging Issues Analysis published Director Phyllis Cheng's article on "Sweeping Changes to FEHA Enforcement to Come in 2013" as a result of SB 1038. See more on www.lexisnexis.com
08/02/12 - The Daily Journal, California's largest legal news provider, published on its front page Director Phyllis Cheng's article, " Transformative year for California's civil rights enforcement."
07/31/12 - The Daily Journal, California's largest legal news provider, published a story on the Department of Fair Employment and Housing's group/class action against the Law School Admission Council for failure to provide accessibiltiy to test takers with disabilities.
05/24/12 - California Orders Fresno Business to Pay $45,000 for Sexual Harassment (Read the Decision)
04/06/12 - Fair Housing Month 2012 Kickoff - DFEH Awarded $475,000 HUD Grant to Launch Premier Fair Housing Clinic with Rio Hondo College (Read about the DFEH-National Fair Housing Training Academy Curriculum)
5/27/2011 - STATE LAUNCHES DFEH-UCD CIVIL RIGHTS CLINIC
5/03/2011 - STATE LAUNCHES DFEH-UCI CIVIL RIGHTS CLINIC
3/23/2011 - Law 360 reports Calif.'s Canary in the Employment Mine Shaft.
04/02/2009 - STATE LAUNCHES EQUAL RIGHTS 101 CAMPAIGN
10/12/2005 - New laws will help protect California's civil rights
05/05/2004 - Housing Roundtable Winter 2004 Meeting Summary