Skip to Main Content DFEH Legal Records and Reports California enacted civil rights laws in 1959 to prohibit discrimination in employment and housing based on a person’s race, religion, national origin and ancestry. In addition to the Fair Employment Practices Act (FEHA), the Unruh Civil Rights Act also passed that year prohibiting discrimination by business establishments. In the decades since, a number of additional state anti-discrimination laws have passed. They expanded the original act’s list of protected classes to include as many as 18 characteristics such as sex and disability. In addition, sexual harassment and retaliation now are prohibited actions. California’s civil rights laws were consolidated in 1980 under the jurisdiction of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), which is now the largest civil rights agency in the country. It is part of the state’s Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. DFEH’s legal records and reports are readily available from these pages: Laws and regulations The California Code of Regulations Title 2 [Administration] has the exact language that describes DFEH’s authority and responsibilities. Legislative summaries Annual reports and statistics Our library includes recent annual reports and statistics Work share agreements Cooperative agreements with federal agencies Restrictive covenants DFEH established procedures by which illegal restrictive covenants may be removed, but in 2006 the enforcement responsibilities were transferred to local county recorders.