Disability Employment Month  


The DFEH 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.  


To File a Pre-Complaint Inquiry you may select one of the following methods:

If you have a disability that prevents you from submitting a written pre-complaint form on-line, by mail, or email, the DFEH can assist you by scribing your pre-complaint by phone or for individuals who communicate by American Sign Language through the relay system. Contact the Communication Center 800-884-1684 (voice) or 800-700-2320 (TTY) or by email to contact.center@dfeh.ca.gov to schedule an appointment.

The DFEH will continue to accept online complaint filings for persons who do not wish for the DFEH to investigate their complaint. Instead, request an immediate Right to Sue.


November 5, 2015 - DFEH Wins Race and Sex Discrimination Court Case

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October 29, 2015 - DFEH Settles Sexual Harassment Case Against Los Primos Restaurant

View Press Release   (in English)   (in Spanish)

August 24, 2015 - Target to pay $2.8 million for discriminatory hiring tests

View story in Fortune.com

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

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May 20, 2014 - DFEH's Historic Settlement with the Law School Admission Council

 A multimillion-dollar settlement levels the playing field for individuals with disabilities in law school admissions and provides for compensation to victims of discrimination and changes in LSAC’s policies or practices. See more.  


DFEH Releases Supplemental Report on Activities, 2011-2014. Click here.



 Review DFEH Tribal Consultation Policy.  


NOTICE: JULY 6, 2015

Due to an unavoidable scheduling conflict the DFEH Sexual Harassment Prevention Training webinar originally set for Wednesday, July 15, 2015 has been postponed to Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. We regret any inconvenience. If you are a non-government attendee and are unable to attend on July 23, your fee can be refunded or applied to a future program.

For a complete listing of DFEH notices, click here.

DFEH Procedural Regulations Rulemaking Action

The Department’s Amendments to its Procedural Regulations has been approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and was filed with the Secretary of State on June 2, 2015. The emergency regulations that this action makes permanent – which outline the pre-complaint inquiry process and make clear that there is no longer administrative adjudication of claims, i.e. the Department files complaints in civil court – remain effective and the effective date of the rest of the amendments – which only make technical and clarifying changes – is October 1, 2015.



To learn more about the Department, explore our Web site, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter pages.

If you need a disability accommodation to access DFEH’s services, please contact Paula Pearlman, Assistant Chief Counsel and Interim ADA Coordinator, (844) 541-2877(direct), 711 relay operator, TTY: (800)700-2320 paula.pearlman@dfeh.ca.gov or accommodations@dfeh.ca.gov as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event or meeting.