Employees seeking assistance with workplace problems may find the following websites helpful. These websites consist of government organizations and non-profit groups aimed at protecting employee rights.
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FAIR EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING (DFEH)
* This is an agency of the State of California charged with protecting the people of California from unlawful discrimination in employment, including race, gender, national origin, disability, religious and sexual orientation. DFEH is also charged with protecting against housing and public accommodation discrimination, as well as hate violence. The website contains information regarding the filing of discrimination claims.
CALIFORNIA DIVISION OF LABOR STANDARDS ENFORCEMENT
* This is an agency of the State of California which provides a wide variety of services to the public, including the adjudication of wage claims, the investigation of complaints of discrimination, and the enforcement of California’s labor laws. The website contains information regarding the filing of various claims.
CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
* This is the agency of the State of California which handles all claims for Unemployment Benefits and Disability Insurance. The website contains information regarding the filing of such claims, as well as an online job and resume bank (CalJOBS). CalJOBS contains thousands of job openings and the largest pool of candidates in the state.
U.S. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION (EEOC)
* This is a federal agency which is in charge of enforcing federal laws guaranteeing equal opportunity and prohibiting discrimination based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or national origin. This agency enforces the Civil Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The website contains information regarding the filing of various discrimination claims.
*This is a private, non-profit organization that provides information, education and assistance to individual employees regarding their workplace rights, including protection against harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation and various workplace leave rights. The organization works with individuals and their advocates to promote public policies that advance employee rights.
EMPLOYMENT LAW CENTER
*This is a private, non-profit organization that provides help to low-income employees who are trying to resolve work-related problems.