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Employers Required to Post Transgender Rights in the Workplace Posters

Effective January 1, 2018, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) requires employers with 5 or more employees to post Transgender Rights in the Workplace Posters which may be accessed here. The posting obligation is not met by prior versions of the poster. The Transgender Rights in the Workplace poster provides information regarding transgender … Continue Reading

DFEH Issues Guidelines for Protecting Transgender Rights in the Workplace

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) recently issued guidelines on transgender employee rights, addressing what types of questions employers may ask transgender employees and applicants. The guidelines also address how employers can implement dress code and grooming standards, and make suggestions for maintaining employee restrooms. An employee need not have undergone sex … Continue Reading

The Elimination of the Fair Employment and Housing Commission Provides Far Greater Authority to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing

In a move intended to reduce spending and increase efficiency amid continuing budget difficulties, Governor Brown recently signed Senate Bill 1038 which will, among other things, eliminate the Fair Employment and Housing Commission effective January 1, 2013.  The duties of the Commission, primarily rulemaking and the administrative adjudication of discrimination claims, will be assumed in … Continue Reading

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing Releases Annual Report and Settlement Information

At the end of 2011, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) released its Annual Report for 2010.  It identifies some statistics that may be useful for employers, comparing results in 2010 with the previous three years.  The numbers illustrate a clear effort by the DFEH to close cases as quickly and efficiently as … Continue Reading

The California Fair Employment & Housing Commission’s Wake-Up Call to Employers

The following is a reminder about a wake-up call to employers. The California Fair Employment & Housing Commission (“FEHC”) issued a decision which held that an employer can be liable for failing to take all reasonable steps to prevent discrimination and harassment even if there is no underlying discrimination or harassment. Department of Fair Employment and … Continue Reading

Recent Developments Involving Systemic Discrimination

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) Director Phyllis W. Cheng, speaking at the Jackson Lewis LLP-sponsored Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Labor and Employment Committee Meeting on Feb. 22, 2011, told the gathering of business lawyers that the agency would continue to pursue high-impact cases of “systemic discrimination” under the Fair Employment and … Continue Reading

The Statute of Limitations for a Fair Employment & Housing Act Claim Begins to Toll When the Right-To-Sue Notice is Issued

As a perquisite to file a civil lawsuit under the California Fair Employment & Housing Act ("FEHA"), a current or former employee must file a charge of discrimination with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing ("DFEH") within one year of the alleged adverse act. Gov’t Code § 12960(c). If the DFEH chooses not to … Continue Reading
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