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.  


If you believe you have been discriminated against, you may file a discrimination complaint with the DFEH. The complaint process starts with filing a Pre-Complaint Inquiry.

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 Inquiry form on-line, by mail, or by email, the DFEH can assist you by transcribing your Pre-Complaint Inquiry by phone. For more information on reasonable accommodations in communications with the DFEH, please see: http://www.dfeh.ca.gov/DFEH-ADA-Coordinator.htm.

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.


August 25, 2016 - Join DFEH at Workplace Justice Summit III, a free convening on September 7 and 8 in Los Angeles to increase understanding of anti-discrimination law, establish relationships with government enforcement agencies, and build capacity to recognize workplace violations and navigate legal processes.

For more information click here.

To register for this event click here

August 25, 2016 - Join DFEH at a training by U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service on September 15, 2016 in Carson, CA on “Community Based Problem Solving: Collaborative Approaches and Best Practices"

For more information click here.

To register for this event click here

August 9, 2016 - DFEH settles housing discrimination case on behalf of 85 year old tenant with disabilities.

View press release in English, in Spanish

For a complete listing of DFEH News, click here.


The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), seeks law students with a passion for enforcing the civil rights laws protecting people in the most populous and diverse state in the country. Apply through March 15, 2016 for summer 2016 opportunities. Click here for more details.


 Review DFEH Tribal Consultation Policy.   

NOTICE: May 13, 2016

Due to system maintenance, the DFEH's on-line complaint system, Houdini, will be intermittently off-line from May 14 @11:00 PM (PST) to May 15 @3:00 AM (PST).


From January 8th, 2016, to February 12, 2016, the link on the Fair Employment and Housing Council’s website to subscribe to Council Notices was not working properly. If you received an email indicating “There is no DFEHlist on this server,” please go back to the Council’s page (http://www.dfeh.ca.gov/FEHCouncil.htm) and re-subscribe to the Fair Employment and Housing Council Notices.

For a complete listing of DFEH notices, click here.


To learn more about the Department, explore our Web site, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter pages.

If you need a disability accommodation to access DFEH’s services, please contact Paula Pearlman, Assistant Chief Counsel and Interim ADA Coordinator, (844) 541-2877(direct), 711 relay operator, TTY: (800)700-2320 paula.pearlman@dfeh.ca.gov or accommodations@dfeh.ca.gov as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event or meeting.

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