Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH)

Harassment | Discrimination | Retaliation

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing ("DFEH") enforces California civil rights laws under the following:


The most common complaints filed with the DFEH are employment related. 

​Types of Cases 

These cases are filed when an employee feels they are being wronged by their employer based on the employer's violations of employment laws. This includes an employer who takes negative action against an employee based on the employee being part of a protected class or engages in a protected activity. Employees can file cases based on discrimination, harassment and retaliation, including wrongful termination and whistleblower protection. 


California's FEHA law has about 12 protected class categories: 

  • Race,  color

  • Ancestry, national origin

  • Religion, creed

  • Age (40 and over)

  • Mental and/or physical disability

  • Sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions)

  • Sexual orientation 

  • Gender identity and expression 

  • Medical condition 

  • Genetic information 

  • Marital Status 

  • Military or veteran status

California law also protects employees who engage in protected activities. Examples of protected activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Filing a complaint with a government employment agency. 

  • Complaining about workplace practices that are in violation of employment laws.

  • Threatening to complain about violations of employment laws. 

  • Providing information in another employee's employment investigation matter. 

  • Refusing to obey an employer's order to do something employee believes to be illegal or discriminatory. 

  • Intervening and/or speaking up against harassing and discriminatory behavior. 

  • Requesting accommodation for disability or religious reasons.

Get Representation Now​

If you believe you are being harassed, discriminated or retaliated against by your employer, supervisor, manager or boss, contact Struthers Legal today for a free consultation. Struthers Legal represents employees throughout California. 

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