Fair Employment and Housing Council
Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., signed into law SB 1038 (Committee on Budget & Fiscal Review) on June 27, 2012. Operative January 1, 2013, among other changes, the bill amended the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to: (1) eliminate the Fair Employment and Housing Commission and replace it with a Fair Employment and Housing Council within the Department; (2) transfer the Commission's regulatory function to the Department's Council; and (3) end administrative adjudication of FEHA claims. Read more in Director Phyllis Cheng's article, Transformative year for civil rights in CA, reprinted with permission by the Daily Journal. Persons interested in a gubernatorial appointment to the Fair Employment and Housing Council can apply by submitting an application online or by mail using the form on the Governor’s Web site.
- SB 1038 Chaptered June 27, 2012
- Meetings and Agendas
- Fair Employment and Housing Council's Changes without Regulatory Effect. The Council's Changes without Regulatory Effect has been approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and published in the California Code of Regulations, title 2, section 11001 et seq. These changes conform the regulations of the former Fair Employment and Housing Commission (Commission) to the statutory changes made by Senate Bill 1038 (Stat. 2012, ch. 46, §§ 18, 27-66, 68, 70, 101 &115.) The action repeals certain of the former Commission’s regulations for which there is no longer statutory authority. The action renumbers and relocates the regulations within Division 4.1 of title 2 as the regulations of the newly established Council. The action also makes non-substantive grammatical and style changes to the regulations as well as changes to Authority and Reference citations. OAL approved this change without regulatory effect as meeting the requirements of the California Code of Regulations, title 1, section 100. Read the Council’s current regulations here by clicking on “Title 2,” “Division 4.1,” “Chapter 5,” and the within subchapters and articles. See the Fair Employment and Housing Act Regulations Conversion Chart.
- Fair Employment and Housing Commission's amendments to its pregnancy regulations
- Fair Employment and Housing Commission's amendments to its disability regulations
Meet the Councilmembers
The Fair Employment and Housing Council consists of seven councilmembers appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Current Councilmembers are Chairperson Chaya Mandelbaum and Councilmembers Dale Brodsky, Chanée Franklin Minor, Patricia Perez, and Andrew Schneiderman. There are currently two vacancies on the Council.
|Chair Chaya Mandelbaum|
Chair Chaya Mandelbaum has served in multiple positions at Sanford Heisler LLP since 2011, including senior litigation counsel and associate. He was a trial attorney for the Office of the Solicitor at the United States Department of Labor from 2007 to 2011, where he received the 2011 Federal Executive Board's Distinguished Federal Service Award and the 2011 Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award. Prior to working for the Department of Labor, Mr. Mandelbaum was an associate at Morgan Lewis and Bockius LLP from 2005 to 2007, in the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group. Mr. Mandelbaum is vice president of the Scott Raymond Evans Foundation Board of Directors. He earned his Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. Appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Mr. Mandelbaum's term expires January 1, 2017.
|Councilmember Dale Brodsky|
Dale Brodsky is a partner at Beeson Tayer and Bodine, where she has served as an attorney since 2002. She was associate editor for the California Public Employee Relations Program at University of California, Berkeley from 2000 to 2002, and an adjunct law professor at the University of San Francisco from 1997 to 2001. Ms. Brodsky was an associate at Saperstein Seligman and Mayeda from 1989 to 1991 and in private practice from 1984 to 1989 and 1997 to 2002. She held multiple positions at the Department of Fair Employment and Housing from 1978 to 1983, including legal counsel. Ms. Brodsky was deputy public defender for the City and County of San Francisco in 1978. She is a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, California Employment Lawyers Association, National Lawyers Guild and American Civil Liberties Union. Ms. Brodsky earned her Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Ms. Brodsky's term expires January 1, 2017.
Councilmember Chanée Franklin Minor
Councilmember Chanée Franklin Minor has been a staff attorney for the Rent Stabilization Board at the City of Berkeley since 2011. She was an associate at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP from 2006 to 2009, and a staff attorney at the Eviction Defense Center in 2005. Ms. Franklin Minor served as commissioner at the Oakland Residential Rent Adjustment Board from 2008 to 2009. She is a member of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California and the Charles Houston Bar Association Board of Directors. Ms. Franklin Minor earned her Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School. Appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Ms. Franklin Minor's term expires January 1, 2017.
Councilmember Patricia Perez
Councilmember Patricia Perez has been president and chief executive officer at Puente Consulting APC since 2001. She was human resources director and in-house employment counsel at Skadden Arps Slate and Meagher from 2000 to 2001 and project director at the National Center for State Courts from 1998 to 1999. Ms. Perez was an attorney at Barnhorst Schreiner and Goonan from 1996 to 1998 and at Balestreri Dorigan and Pendleton from 1993 to 1996. She is a member of the State Bar Labor and Employment Law Section Executive Committee and served as vice-chair of the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission from 2008 to 2011. Ms. Perez earned her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. Appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Ms. Perez's term expires January 1, 2017.
Councilmember Andrew Schneiderman
Councilmember Andrew Schneiderman has been vice president and general counsel at the California Commerce Club Inc. since 1994. He worked in multiple positions at Parker Milliken Clark O'Hara and Samuelian from 1987 to 1994, including associate attorney, attorney and equity partner. Mr. Schneiderman was an associate attorney at Sternberg and Associates from 1982 to 1987. He is a board member at Imagine LA and has performed pro bono work at Public Counsel Law Center since 2008. Mr. Schneiderman earned his Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law. Appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Mr. Schneiderman's term expires January 1, 2017.
December 10, 2013
State Capitol, Room 127, Sacramento, CA 95814
September 16, 2013
Junipero Serra Building, Carmel Room Auditorium, 320 W. 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
June 18, 2013
|State Personnel Board, 801 Capitol Mall, Auditorium, Room 150, Sacramento, CA 95814|
- Fair Employment and Housing Councilmembers take the oath of office at the June 18, 2018 inaugural Council meeting, Sacramento.
- Business, Consumer Services and Housing Secretary Anna Caballero administers the oath of office to Councilmembers.
- Councilmembers Andrew Schneiderman, Dale Brodsky and Patricia Perez, Secretary Anna Caballero, Chairperson Chaya Mandelbaum, Councilmember Chanée Franklin Minor, DFEH Director Phyllis Cheng at the inaugural Council meeting.
The Fair Employment and Housing Commission’s amended pregnancy regulations became effective on December 30, 2012. A copy of the amended regulations (with former section numbers) is available here and in the California Code of Regulations (renumbered) by clicking on “Title 2,” “Division 4.1,” “Chapter 5,” "Subchapter 2," "Article 6 A."
Final Statement of Reasons -- Pregnancy
Approved Text Effective December 30, 2012 Pregnancy Regulations – Clean Version
The Fair Employment and Housing Commission’s amended disability regulations became effective on December 30, 2012. A copy of the amended regulations (with former section numbers) is available here and in the California Code of Regulations (renumbered) by clicking on “Title 2,” “Division 4.1,” “Chapter 5,” "Subchapter 2," "Article 9."
Final Statement of Reasons -- Disability
Approved Text Effective December 30, 2012 Disability Regulations -- Clean Version
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