How do I file a complaint with the DFEH?
Even though you can’t go straight to court, you can still talk to a legal aid or employment attorney, or non-profit employment advocacy organization to get advice about your situation. When doing so, you should ALSO contact the EEOC or DFEH right away, so that you can get your complaint filed on time (and then request a Right-to-Sue if you still want to go to court).
The process for filing a complaint with the DFEH is almost the same as filing a complaint with the EEOC. For a complete description of how to file a complaint with the DFEH, and what happens after you do, see Appendix P, PG. 642.