The California Association of Equal Rights Professionals (CAERP) is an association of equal opportunity, access, and human rights professionals. Founded in 1976, the CAERP has grown and diversified into a statewide network for individuals representing private industry, government and education. The CAERP regularly provides developmental workshops, seminars and conferences for both members and non-members alike, and publishes an Association Newsletter, CAERP Reviews.
July 2, 2014 Update:
CAERP's Letters to the California Senate (PDF, 362kb) and California Assembly (PDF, 343kb) regarding the Joint Legislative Informational Hearing - EEO & Diversity in State Civil Service.
For immediate release (August 25, 2014) Phyllis Cheng, Director of DFEH Announces New Complaint Process:
Effective September 1, 2014, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) will introduce a new complaint process for Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) employment, Disabled Persons, Unruh, and Ralph Civil Rights Act complaints. Persons who wish the DFEH to investigate allegations of discrimination, harassment or retaliation will need to complete and submit a Pre-Complaint Inquiry to the Department. This inquiry will initiate the intake interview process by a Department representative to determine whether a complaint can be accepted for investigation.
To file a pre-complaint inquiry, the complainant may select one of the following methods:
- Use the Department's online system at www.dfeh.ca.gov.
- Call the DFEH Communication Center at (800) 884-1684. A complainant with a hearing impairment can call for telephone assistance 800-884-1684, use the Videophone at (916) 226-5285, or use TDD at (800) 700-2320.
- Request the pre-complaint inquiry form, then complete and return it via U.S. mail to any DFEH’s office location (http://www.dfeh.ca.gov/Offices.htm).
- E-mail the pre-complaint inquiry form to email@example.com.
The DFEH will continue to accept online complaint filings for persons who do not want the DFEH to investigate their complaints. Instead, those persons can request an immediate right-to-sue letter.
Inquiries and complaints filed close to the one-year statute of limitations will continue to be prioritized.
These changes will be reflected in upcoming amendments to the DFEH Procedural Regulations.
The DFEH’s multilingual staff and contracted translators and will continue to be available in person and by phone to provide translation services.
Should you have questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phyllis W. Cheng
Department of Fair Employment and Housing