Labor and Employment Law

Ca. Labor & Emp't Rev. September 2019, Volume 33, No. 5

FEHA at 60: Looking Back, Looking Forward

By Kevin Kish

Kevin Kish was appointed as Director of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) in February 2015. DFEH is the largest state civil rights agency in the nation and is the institutional centerpiece of California’s commitment to protecting its residents from unlawful discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations, and from hate violence and human trafficking.

I. INTRODUCTION

We are talking about men and women who have learned that there is a place, an inferior place, beyond which they and their children may not aspire. We are talking about children who learn to hate at an early age—to hate not only others but, even worse, themselves as well. There is a vast human cost here, an intolerable cost . . . Governor Edmund G. Brown, March 1, 1960.1

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