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Civil Rights Department (CRD) Files First-of-Its-Kind Lawsuit Against Ralphs Over Alleged Violations of California’s Fair Chance Act

Our investigation found that, in addition to failing to follow the Fair Chance Act's job screening requirements, Ralph's unfairly denied jobs to candidates whose conviction history had no relationship to a position working at a grocery store.

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Creating a Workplace of Respect. Sexual Harassment Prevention.

Commission on the State of Hate Releases First Annual Report Outlining New Effort to Study and Combat Alarming Increase in Hate Activity

Learn more about the Commission and its work to help make California a safe place for all communities. It is one of several major initiatives that have been advanced by the State of California in direct response to the surge in reported hate crimes in recent years.

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CRD Highlights New Resource

to Support Survivors of Human Trafficking

As part of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we've answered some of the most frequently asked questions on California's civil rights protections against human trafficking and how CRD can help trafficking survivors.

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California Expands Civil Rights Protections for Workers, Renters, & Survivors

Big changes in 2024 for California’s civil rights laws! Learn more about some of the new protections going into effect this year. 

Protections for Workers Who Use Cannabis

With some exceptions, employers can’t discriminate against workers for using cannabis outside of work.

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Reproductive Loss Leave for Workers

Workers can now take up to five days of leave if they have a miscarriage or stillbirth or an adoption or surrogacy falls through.

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More Relief for Human Trafficking Survivors

Survivors of human trafficking who file complaints with CRD now may be able get a new type of relief: protection from debts incurred as a result of being trafficked.  

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Protections for Tenants Using Rental Subsidies

Landlords must offer applicants who use subsidies like Housing Choice (Section 8) vouchers other options in lieu of credit history to prove their ability to pay rent.

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January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and our outreach team is out in the community to share our new resources to help survivors.

Our most recent stop was the Los Angeles Walk for Freedom to End Human Trafficking, where we came together with community groups to support survivors and share our new FAQ.

In it, we cover the most frequently asked questions about human trafficking, including how survivors can file a complaint with CRD to possibly obtain civil relief. Click below to learn more!

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More CRD Human Trafficking Resources

In addition to taking legal action on behalf of human trafficking survivors, CRD can also help survivors with immigration concerns in the following ways:

Deferred Action for Immigrant Workers

U Visa Certification

T Visa Certification

Other Resources

National Human Trafficking Hotline

Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking




Employment Discrimination 101


Created with employers, hiring managers, HR professionals, and job seekers in mind, this free webinar training provides an overview of employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as reasonable accommodations for workers with disabilities.

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California Commission on the State of Hate Meeting


The Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting to strengthen California’s efforts to stop hate. This month's meeting includes an informal presentation on hate crimes in the U.S.

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Confronting Bias and Hate in the Workplace: Addressing Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and Backlash Discrimination


Join CRD and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for a moderated conversation on Islamophobia and antisemitism and how they affect the workplace. Employers can learn more about how to address these issues and create an environment free of hate and discrimination.

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AgSafe: ACTIVATE24 Conference

Monterey County

CRD will present updates on the department and its latest work at this yearly conference covering health and safety in the agriculture industry.

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Job Spotlight

We're hiring an experienced researcher to help advance civil rights and prevent hate in California. If leading original research studies and developing evidence-based recommendations for combating hate statewide interest you, click the link below to apply!

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Benefits of

Working for CRD

Retirement Plan/Pension

Student Loan Forgiveness

Career Development

Generous Health Benefits

Flexible Work Options

Flexible Paid Leave

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