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.
 Criminal History in Employment
Find information on fair chance hiring rules that limit consideration of criminal history in employment decisions.
 Hate Violence
Find information on California protections against hate violence, 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.
 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.
 Dispute Resolution
Find information about DFEH’s mediation services, community conflict services, and how to request a mediator in your dispute or conflict.

 Resources for Employers
Find resources for employers, including information on sexual harassment prevention training, reasonable accommodations, workplace harassment investigations, a sample EEO policy, and required posters.

Public notices and events

DFEH news and alerts

December 3, 2018 – DFEH Settles Employment Disability Discrimination Case Against Save Mart Supermarkets. View press release

November 28, 2018 – DFEH Settles National Origin Discrimination Case Against San Rafael Property Owner. View press release

November 26, 2018 – DFEH Publishes New Online Resources Page for Employers. View press release

Get the latest information about the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) from our DFEH news page.

Subscribe to DFEH Fair Employment and Housing alerts

Click here to subscribe to DFEH Fair Employment and Housing 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