Skip to Main Content Frequently Asked Questions For the answers to the most frequently asked questions received by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, click on a subject below. Para obtener respuestas a las preguntas más frecuentes recibidas por el Departamento de Igualdad en el Empleo y la Vivienda, oprima aqui. Employment Sexual harassment Pregnancy disability leave Reasonable accommodation Housing Families, seniors, those with disabilities Business establishments / Public accommodations Mediation / Dispute resolution Responding to a complaint If your question isn’t answered or you need more information, please contact us. Please note that these FAQs are for information purposes only. Reading them does not create an attorney/client relationship or other legal relationship between the reader and DFEH. Please refer to the Laws and Regulations page or your local law library for specific legal requirements. Frequently Used Terms Here are the definitions of some of the words and phrases used frequently at the Department of Fair Employment and Housing: Complainant The individual filing a complaint Respondent The person who must respond to a complaint Protected class / category / basis People with characteristics – race, gender, etc. – who are protected from discrimination in California Disability A physical or mental condition that limits a major life activity Pre-complaint inquiry What someone needs to submit to DFEH before he/she may file a complaint Right-to-sue The option some complainants have to pursue private legal action Houdini The online service DFEH uses to manage cases The precise legal definitions of these words and phrases are found in the Laws and Regulations that govern DFEH. In all cases, those prevail.