DFEH news and alerts

Get the latest information about the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) from our press releases and news about DFEH published elsewhere. 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

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Press releases / DFEH in the news


  • November 17, 2016 – DFEH settles housing discrimination case for $575.000. View press release
  • October 14, 2016 – DFEH obtains temporary restraining order to halt eviction of family during discrimination investigation. To view press release click here
  • September 14, 2016 – Court rules that Los Angeles financing company discriminated against women with subprime automobile loans. To view press release click here
  • September 7, 2016 -Workplace Justice Summit Brings Together Stakeholders to Bolster Collaboration in Combating Discrimination and Retaliation. To view press release click here
  • Aug. 25, 2016 – Workplace Justice Summit III. Sept. 7-8 in Los Angeles.
    For more information click here
    To register for this event click here
  • Aug. 25, 2016 – Community Based Problem Solving training session. Sept. 15, Carson, CA.
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    To register for this event click here
  • Aug. 9, 2016 – DFEH settles housing case on behalf of 85-year-old with disabilities. View in English, in Español
  • July 22, 2016 – Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. has appointed Holly A. Thomas, 36, of Brooklyn, N.Y. as deputy director of executive programs at the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
  • May 11, 2016 – DFEH Creates Task Force to Study Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. View press release
  • April 15, 2016 – DFEH issues new fact sheet on workplace rights for members of the military and veterans. View fact sheet here
  • April 1, 2016 – DFEH issues summary of new employment regulations. View summary here
  • Feb. 25, 2016 – CA issues guidance on trans workers. View Bay Area Reporter article.
  • Feb.19, 2016 – DFEH Issues Workplace Guidelines To Protect Transgender People. View Daily Journal article.
  • February 18, 2016 – Calif. instructs employers to allow trans workers bathroom access. View article
  • February 17, 2016 – DFEH Issues Guidance for California Employers on Transgender Employees. View press release
  • Feb. 1, 2016 – A Yahoo Employee-Ranking System Favored by Marissa Mayer Is Challenged in Court. View New York Times article.
  • January 25, 2016 – DFEH Settles Sexual Harassment Case against Sandhu Brothers Growers in Stanislaus County. View in English, in Spanish
  • January 11, 2016 – DFEH co-sponsors the 2016 USF Law Review and Center for Law and Ethics Symposium on January 29. Housing for Vulnerable Populations and the Middle Class: Revisiting Housing Rights and Policies in a Time of Expanding Crisis. Learn more and register here


  • December 23, 2015 – ABC10 investigates Carmichael apartment complex conflict between landlord and tenants. View Story in ABC 10 News
  • December 17, 2015 – The Irvine Co. and Irvine Apartment Communities Will Pay $175,000 to Settle DFEH Disability Discrimination Housing Lawsuit. View Press Release
  • November 5, 2015 – DFEH Wins Race and Sex Discrimination Court Case. View press release.
  • October 29, 2015 – DFEH Settles Sexual Harassment Case Against Los Primos Restaurant. View in English, in Spanish
  • September 8, 2015 – A wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former Hanford department head was settled for $237,500. View story in
  • August 24, 2015 – Target to pay $2.8 million for discriminatory hiring tests. View story in
  • August 11, 2015 – Department of Fair Employment and Housing Sues Los Angeles Financing Company For Sex Discrimination In Subprime Automobile Loans To Women. View press release
  • August 7, 2015 – Federal Court upholds most of  Panel’s Report in DFEH Settlement with Law School Admissions Council. View Court Order
  • July 10, 2015 – Supreme Court upholds a key tool fighting discrimination in the housing market from the Washington Post.View story in the Washington Post
  • June 3, 2015 – Director Kevin Kish named one of California’s top Labor and Employment Lawyers by the Daily Journal. View story in the Daily Journal
  • March 19, 2015 – DFEH Settles Farmworkers Sexual Discrimination Case. View press release