California Department of Fair Employment and Housing Law and Legal Definition

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing serves to protect state citizens from employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination, and hate violence. The DFEH is the largest state civil rights agency in the country. It was established by the Legislature in 1959 as the Division of Fair Employment Practices and was initially part of the Department of Industrial Relations. In 1980, the DFEH was established as an independent department charged with enforcing California's comprehensive employment, housing, public accommodations and public service non-discrimination laws, as well as the State's bias-related hate violence law. In California, all employers are required to post the Department of Fair Employment and Housing's poster "Discrimination and Harassment in Employment are Prohibited by Law" (DFEH-162).