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.  

The DFEH Online Case Management System URL has changed, please ensure that you update your bookmarks, favorites and shortcuts with the following address.



If you believe you have been discriminated against, you may file a discrimination complaint with the DFEH. The complaint process starts with filing a Pre-Complaint Inquiry.

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 Inquiry form on-line, by mail, or by email, the DFEH can assist you by transcribing your Pre-Complaint Inquiry by phone. For more information on reasonable accommodations in communications with the DFEH, please see: http://www.dfeh.ca.gov/DFEH-ADA-Coordinator.htm.

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.

The DFEH also accepts complaints when a person believes that an employer has not complied with the sexual harassment training and education requirements.  The DFEH may seek an order requiring the employer to comply with these requirements. To file this type of complaint, you must complete and submit a Sexual Harassment Complaint Form to DFEH, 2215 Kausen Drive, Elk Grove, CA  95758 or via email, to QualityAssuranceSHComplaint@dfeh.ca.gov.


October 18, 2016 - A Sexual Harassment Prevention webinar for managers and supervisors in State service will be held on October 31st. Click here for more information and to register.

October 14, 2016 - DFEH obtains temporary restraining order to halt eviction of family during discrimination investigation.

To view press release click here

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.   

NOTICE: September 23, 2016

All Houdini users using the Intake website are experiencing slowness when generating a preview draft. We are working with the vendor to resolve this issue.

NOTICE: May 13, 2016

Due to system maintenance, the DFEH's on-line complaint system, Houdini, will be intermittently off-line from May 14 @11:00 PM (PST) to May 15 @3:00 AM (PST).


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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