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
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
DFEH Commission Precedential Decisions from 2000 through 2010.
DFEH Commission Regulations regarding employment and housing discrimination,
Sexual Harassment Training, and the California Family Rights Act.
The California Courts provides links to resources about California law.
California DOJ's Civil Rights Handbook - Unlawful Discrimination - Your Rights and Remedies.
The State's home web page that provides access, and search
capability, for all of the web pages maintained by the State of
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.
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.
Prohibits wage discrimination based on sex in jobs that require
equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and are performed under
similar working conditions.
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
Other Sources of
Laws and Regulations
This site provides access to federal laws like the Americans With
This is a source of information on U. S. Congress legislation.
Contains plain-lanaguage information about employment laws,
and other laws.
A source of information about federal employment laws,
and selected laws of some states.
A source of information and resources concerning employment rights .
This is a source of information on federal employment laws.
Use the click-down guide to find other sources of information on employment discrimination law.