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During Mental Health Awareness Month, California Civil Rights Department (CRD) Mediation Results in $230K+ Settlement for Former Social Work Student

CRD mediated a more than $230,000 settlement for a former social work student as a result of alleged mental health discrimination. The former student was allegedly forced out of a federally funded scholarship program after responding to intrusive pre-employment mental health questions for an internship. 

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CRD Obtains Fair Chance Act Settlement with Global Healthcare Company

We recently reached a $50,000 settlement with global healthcare company Octapharma Plasma for allegedly unlawfully taking back someone’s job offer because of their past criminal history. State law requires that employers consider a set of factors before rejecting an applicant, including the applicant’s work to reintegrate into society after release and whether the prior conviction has a direct impact on the job.

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CRD Takes Action to Combat Discriminatory Employment and Housing Advertisements

Did you know CRD regularly monitors online job and housing ads to protect against discrimination? Under state law, employers and landlords can’t list application requirements that exclude people based off protected characteristics, like your criminal history or the use of rental assistance like Section 8. In the first three weeks of April, we sent 66 notices to correct discriminatory ads!

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Resilient Roots: California's Indigenous Communities and the Struggle Against Hate

A collage of photos from the California Commission on the State of Hate's community forum at Red Hawk Casino in Shingle Springs California. Photos show event attendees, speakers, and commissioners.

It was great to partner with the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians for the California Commission on the State of Hate's recent community forum! Thank you to our speakers who helped us learn about the issues indigenous communities face and what's being done in California to combat hate. A recording of the forum will be available on our YouTube page.

New CA vs Hate Posters

An abalone shell surrounded by flowers and greenery with the words "Reject Hate Against Native Cultures."
Two hands reaching out to each other with two talking bubbles above them and the words "sitapaytotope (let's take care of eachother) and "report discrimination."
A hand wrapped in greenery, berries and feathers with the words "it's safe to report hate" on the phone's screen. Beside the image are the words " honor our people. unite against hate."

Help show your support for indigenous communities with CA vs Hate's new graphics in partnership with the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians.  

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Managing Pregnant Workers and New Parent Leave Obligations

managing pregnant workers and new parent leave obligations. May 23, 2024 12:00pm-1:00pm

Join CRD and the Employment Roundtable of Southern California for an online training on pregnant workers and parental leave. Learn more about the rights of pregnant employees and how to support a return-to-work plan for new parents. Click below to register!

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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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City of Brentwood Senior Health & Resource Fair

Contra Costa County

CRD will offer civil rights resources at this event meant to enrich the health and well-being of older Bay Area residents, as well as their families and caretakers.

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Older Americans Month Resource Fair

Kern County

CRD will provide civil rights resources at this event offering services for older Californians including document shredding, advance health care directive preparations, and more.

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New Opening: Assistant Deputy Director of Outreach and Education 

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When it comes to civil rights, outreach and education is essential! We’re looking for someone to lead CRD’s Outreach and Education Unit. This is a great opportunity to lead our efforts to help communities across California learn about their civil rights. People with experience managing teams, civil rights campaigns, live trainings, and collaborating with community groups are encouraged to apply.

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