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DFEH Issues Sample Equal Employment Opportunity Policy to Assist California Employers

July 24, 2018

On July 10, 2018, the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH) issued a sample Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for employers to use to develop workplace-specific equal employment opportunity (EEO) policies.

California law requires employers to develop and distribute to employees a written policy about the prevention of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in the workplace. The mandatory components of an EEO policy are listed in the California Code of Regulations at 2 CCR § 11023 and include a description of legal categories, a legally compliant process, instructions for supervisors, and the identification of DFEH and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as additional avenues for employees to lodge complaints.

In releasing the sample policy, the DFEH noted that, while the law requires an employer to develop a detailed EEO policy, hundreds of thousands of California employers do not have easy access to counsel. This sample policy is intended to be a resource to help employers develop and implement effective policies.

The DFEH’s sample policy is attached to this Briefing and can also be found at the DFEH website.

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