CALIFORNIA’S CIVIL RIGHTS AGENCY

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing 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 and human trafficking.

 Employment
Find information on civil rights protections in the workplace, how to file and respond to complaints, and DFEH procedures.

 Housing
Find information on civil rights protections in housing, how to file and respond to complaints, and DFEH procedures.

 Business Establishments
Find information on civil rights protections in business establishments, how to file and respond to complaints, and DFEH procedures.

 Hate Violence
Find information on California protections against hate violence, how to file and respond to complaints, and DFEH procedures.

 Dispute Resolution
Find information about DFEH’s mediation services, community conflict services, and how to request a mediator in your dispute or conflict.

 Human Trafficking
Find information about California protections against human trafficking.

 State Contractors and Government-Funded Programs
Find information on civil rights protections regarding recipients of State funding, as well as requirements for those contracting with the State for public works, goods, or services.

Public notices and events

October 6, 2017 – Help is available for California victims of the October 1 shooting in Las Vegas and their families. Please visit the California Victims Compensation Board website and news release for more information.

August 31, 2017 – The Office of Administrative Law Approves DFEH’s Updates to Department Procedural Regulations. The regulations were filed with the Secretary of State on August 31, 2017, and the effective date of the regulations is October 1, 2017. View Final Statement of Reasons, Notice of Approval, and Final Text

DFEH news and alerts

January 29, 2018 – Vegetable Farm to Pay $40,000 to Settle DFEH Religious Discrimination Suit. View press release in English or in Spanish

January 24, 2018 – DFEH Settles Claims Against Nevelex Corporation for Race and Disability Discrimination and Retaliation. View press release in English or in Spanish

November 29, 2017 – Landlord to Pay $100,000 to Settle Fair Housing Case Involving Emotional Support Animals. View press release

Get the latest information about the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) from our DFEH news page. You can also subscribe to alerts that enable you to stay current on DFEH’s activities and achievements throughout the state.

Deputy Communications Director Fahizah Alim handles all media inquiries. She can be reached at 916-478-7251 or at fahizah.alim@dfeh.ca.gov.

Get in touch with DFEH

If you feel you were the victim of discrimination and would like to file a complaint, start by contacting DFEH:

  • Call our Communication Center at 800-884-1684 (voice), 800-700-2320 (TTY) or California’s Relay Service at 711
  • Email contact.center@dfeh.ca.gov

Fair Employment and Housing Council

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