Announcements and Press Releases

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  • November 5, 2015 - DFEH Wins Race and Sex Discrimination Court Case. View press release.

  • October 29, 2015 - DFEH Settles Sexual Harassment Case Against Los Primos Restaurant.View Press Release (in English)(in Spanish)

  • September 8, 2015 - A wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former Hanford department head was settled for $237,500. View story in

  • August 24, 2015 - Target to pay $2.8 million for discriminatory hiring tests. View story in

  • 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.

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  • 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 magazin