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What is the Department of Fair Employment and Housing?

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Have you been concerned about or suspected that you have been impacted by some type of discrimination at work in California? Maybe you have felt discriminated against in the process of seeking a job for which you were not ultimately hired. When these things happen, you need to know what rights you have and what laws and agencies handle these issues.

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing is the government agency that oversees such concerns. They are responsible for making sure that employees' rights under state laws like the California Family Rights Act and the Fair Employment and Housing Act are not violated. If you do believe that your rights granted under one of these laws has been violated by an employer or a potential employer, you may file a pre-complaint inquiry with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. This must be done within 12 months of whatever act you are alleging took place.

The DFEH does not represent you in these matters once you file an inquiry. Instead, the entity will pursue and investigation of facts while simultaneously encouraging you to come to a settlement with the company or individuals involved. If no such settlement is able to be achieved and the DFEH believes that there is enough evidence to support further action, it may instigate legal action. 

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give people employed in California an overview of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and how they oversee potential cases of workplace discrimination.

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