Laws and Regulations

These links will take you to specific equal employment opportunity laws and regulations, and to sites where you can search for employment laws and regulations. These laws and regulations have been interpreted through numerous court decisions, and enforcement agency opinions, that you must consider to understand the current law on particular issues. The descriptions following the links below provide only a brief summary of each law, regulation, or site. You must examine the linked material to learn the specific provisions and coverage of the laws and regulations.

State of California

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)- Statutes/Laws and Decisions

The DFEH administers the Fair Employment and Housing Act, that prohibits discrimination in employment and housing; the California Family Right Act, that provides leaves for family health conditions; the Unruh Civil Rights Act, that prohibits discrimination in housing and public accommodations; and, the Ralph Civil Rights Act, that provides protection from hate crimes.

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)- Commission Decisions

DFEH Commission Precedential Decisions from 2000 through 2010.

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)- Commission Regulations

DFEH Commission Regulations regarding employment and housing discrimination, Sexual Harassment Training, and the California Family Rights Act.

California Courts Self-help Center

The California Courts provides links to resources about California law.

California Department of Justice - Office of the Attorney General - Civil Rights Handbook

California DOJ's Civil Rights Handbook - Unlawful Discrimination - Your Rights and Remedies.

State of California Home Page

The State's home web page that provides access, and search capability, for all of the web pages maintained by the State of California.

State of California, Legislative Counsel - California Law

The Legislative Counsel's page provides access, and search capability, for all California legislative information, and laws.

This website provides information about California laws and to organizations that provide legal assistance and representation, including employment discrimination.

California Fair Employment and Housing Act - Government Code - Scroll to Sections 12900 to 12996

This state law prohibits employment discrimination because of the race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, and sexual orientation, and describes the powers and procedures of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission. Start at section 12940 for the provisions regarding discrimination in employment. The Family Rights Act concerning family and medical leaves begins at section 12945.1. Section 12940(k) concerns reasonable accommodation for physical and mental disabilities. Section 12941(a) concerns age discrimination against persons age 40 and older. Section 12945 relates to pregnancy-related employment discrimination.

California Labor Code Sections 1171 - 1205 -
Scroll to Section 1197.5 Equal Pay for Equal Work

Prohibits wage discrimination based on sex in jobs that require equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and are performed under similar working conditions.

California Constitution, Article 1, Declaration of Rights: Section 8 - Non-discrimination; and, Section 31(a) - "Proposition 209"

Section 8 states that a person may not be disqualified from entering or pursuing a business, profession, vocation, or employment because of sex, race, creed, color, or national or ethnic origin. Section 31(a) provides that the State shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, or ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.

Other Sources of Laws and Regulations

U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk - Popular laws

This site provides access to federal laws like the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Thomas Legislative Information on the Internet

This is a source of information on U. S. Congress legislation.

Nolo Employment Law Center

Contains plain-lanaguage information about employment laws, and other laws.

Cornell University Legal Information Institute - Employment Discrimination Law Materials

A source of information about federal employment laws, and selected laws of some states.

FindLaw Employee Rights Center

A source of information and resources concerning employment rights .

Georgetown Law Library, Labor and Employment Law Research Guide

This is a source of information on federal employment laws.

Cornell University Industrial and Labor Relations School

Use the click-down guide to find other sources of information on employment discrimination law.

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