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.


February 25, 2016 - CA issues guidance on trans workers.

View Bay Area Reporter article

February 19, 2016 - State Agency 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

For a complete listing of DFEH News, click here.


The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), seeks law students with a passion for enforcing the civil rights laws protecting people in the most populous and diverse state in the country. Apply through March 15, 2016 for summer 2016 opportunities. Click here for more details.


 Review DFEH Tribal Consultation Policy.   


From January 8th, 2016, to February 12, 2016, the link on the Fair Employment and Housing Council’s website to subscribe to Council Notices was not working properly. If you received an email indicating “There is no DFEHlist on this server,” please go back to the Council’s page (http://www.dfeh.ca.gov/FEHCouncil.htm) and re-subscribe to the Fair Employment and Housing Council Notices.

For a complete listing of DFEH notices, click here.


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.

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

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