The Fair Employment and Housing Act

The Fair Employment and Housing Act (California Government Code Section 12900-12951 & 12927-12928 & 12955 - 12956.1 & 12960-12976) provides protection from harassment or discrimination in employment because of: age (40 and over), ancestry, color, creed, denial of family and medical care leave, disability (mental and physical) including HIV and AIDS, marital status, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.

The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) also prohibits discrimination in all aspects of housing (rental, lease, terms and conditions, etc.) because of a person's disability.

The definition of disability used in California exceeds the Federal definition and can be found in the housing section of the Act.

Full text of the law:

Because of the design of the "Official California Legislative Information" web page, we cannot give you a direct link to the correct section. To locate the section you're looking for, go to the "California Law" page. Check the box next to the appropriate code (in this case, "Government Code"), and at the bottom, type in the code numbers in the search box and select "Search."

  • 12900-12906 The California Fair Employment and Housing Act

  • 12920-12922 Findings and Declarations of Policy

  • 12925-12928 Definitions

  • 12940-12951 Unlawful Practices Generally

  • 12960-12976 General Provisions Enforcement and Hearing Procedures, Unlawful Practices

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Compliance

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) enforces the FEHA. For more information go to DFEH's "Complaint Process" webpage.