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.

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Answers to FAQs are provided for informational 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 section 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
  • California Civil Rights System, CCRS
    • The online Services 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.