How to report employment discrimination in California? In this article, we tell you how to report employment discrimination in the state of California. If you have suffered a situation of discrimination and want to report it under California law, read the following article.

What is a discrimination complaint?

Reporting discrimination is a signed statement that an employer, union, or employment agency has discriminated against you and asks a state agency to investigate your case. A complaint of discrimination can be made in the state of California to the EEOC (the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) or the DFEH (Department of Equal Employment and Housing).

Who should file this type of complaint?

Anyone who is employed or applies for employment and believes they have been discriminated against because of their race, color, religion, or political beliefs and for the purpose of reporting discrimination in California.

What types of discrimination are there?

-Age (40 years and older)


-Equitable remuneration

-Genetic information

-National origin (including immigration status)

-The pregnancy

-The race or skin color

-The religion

-Sex orientation

-The civil state

-Any medical condition


Why should you report discrimination?

You will need to file a discrimination complaint because you have the right to work without discrimination. Reporting is a way to protect yourself and will help prevent this from happening in the future.

What is the maximum period to report discrimination?

The timeframe for filing a discrimination complaint in California varies depending on whether you file the complaint with the EEOC or the DFEH. You must file your complaint within the deadline or you will lose the right to sue.

EEOC: You must file your complaint within 300 days of the last act of discrimination.

DFEH: you must file your complaint within one year from the last act of discrimination.

How to report discrimination?

You will need to determine if you are still within the deadline to file the complaint. If you remain within the deadline, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire (EEOC) or an initial form (DFEH) at Once the initial questionnaire or form is completed, you will be scheduled for an interview.

At the interview, a member of staff will ask you questions and prepare your complaint. You should bring all the information that helps the staff member better understand your case. It is important to tell the staff member about all types of discrimination that you think may have occurred or could have problems with your case later on.

When reporting discrimination is there any risk?

There is little chance that you will be harmed by reporting if you follow established reporting procedures and have presentable evidence in your case. Conversely, not reporting a violation could make it more difficult to prove your claims in front of your employer or serious legal issues like workplace harassment, wrongful termination, and even personal injury lawsuits.

Why should you hire an attorney?

If you decide to report discrimination, it is important to hire an experienced employment law attorney. Your attorney will be able to help you prepare for the interview with the staff of the state agency charged with investigating complaints, represent you at the interview, and advise you on whether it is necessary to file a lawsuit.

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