The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), California’s civil rights agency, submits an annual report each calendar year to the governor and the state legislature. The latest report shows growing trends toward more filings related to disability, race and gender-based discrimination.
The mission of the DFEH is to protect Californians from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation, as well as hate violence. The Department enforces the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), the Unruh Civil Rights Act, and the Ralph Civil Rights Act.
In 2012, there were 21,463 cases filed with the DFEH; 92% of those cases or 19,839 were employment law cases. The majority of the DFEH cases were for:
- Disability discrimination (13,452)
- Race/color discrimination (6,990)
- Sexual harassment (6,169).
According to Council for Disability Awareness’s 2013 “Long Term Disability Claims Review,” the following w...(register to read more)
- OK to punish worker acting alone to end alleged harassment
- Encourage employee language skills the legally safe way
- Tell supervisors: Enforce attendance rules equally—or prepare for court
- Have minimum promotion standards? Use them--or risk discrimination lawsuit
- Keep consistent records of all disciplinary actions