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.
 Dispute Resolution
Find information about DFEH’s mediation services, community conflict services, and how to request a mediator in your dispute or conflict.
 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.
 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
CA state law (AB 1825) requires California employers to provide supervisory employees with 2 hours of interactive sexual harassment prevention training and education every 2 years. Find out more about reporting a training deficiency.

Public notices and events

DFEH news and alerts

September 17, 2018 – DFEH Settles Sexual Harassment Case Against Marin County Landlord. View press release

September 5, 2018 – DFEH Settles Disability Discrimination Case Against County of Los Angeles. View press release

August 15, 2018 – A Farm Labor Contractor Improved Employment Conditions for Grape Pickers. View press release

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

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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