Free Pamphlets on Labor and Employment Laws (2024)

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) publishes numerous free pamphlets on California labor and employment laws. These pamphlets provide a brief but helpful and easy-to-understand explanation of employee rights under California’s harassment and discrimination laws.

The pamphlets include the following topics:

  1. DFEH-151 Discrimination
  2. DFEH-159 DFEH Complaint Process
  3. DFEH-161 Pre-Employment Inquiries
  4. DFEH-167 Public Acess Disability Discrimination
  5. DFEH-184 Disability Discrimination
  6. DFEH-185 Sexual Harassment
  7. DFEH-186 Pregnancy Leave
  8. DFEH-187 Hate Violence
  9. DFEH-188 Medical Leave

You may need to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view the pamphlets.


  1. David Barns on October 26, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    I am a small employer; thank you for offering several pamphlets I need to HIRE an employee. Sacramento politicians have made this so complicated a process, that I may close my business after 40 years of hiring people so they can have dignified work and support a family. Or, to avoid all this paperwork and complications, I may just go back to doing work by myself.

    • Michele on January 28, 2023 at 10:54 am

      You hit the nail on the head. I think this is all part of this state’s plan to kill the middle class and small businesses!

      • Michelle Ramos on May 17, 2023 at 2:42 pm

        That’s what I was thinking. The last one I have is April 2020.

  2. April on May 12, 2022 at 9:35 am

    The sexual harassment pamphlet says it was last updated in 11/2007. Is that the latest you have?

  3. Ryan on July 19, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    I am a plumber, my pay is commission based, I get 30% commission after materials are deducted from the job and other expenses. One expense deducted before I get my commission is a fuel charge, $45 per service call I go on is deducted for fuel. I go on an average of 4 calls a day. That’s 180 dollars a day in fuel charges deducted from my pay. I work in California. I drive a company vehicle provided by my employer. I am also charged to use tools necessary to do my job. Not regular have tools, large tools that are owned by the company. For example a camera used to view the inside of a sewer, I am charged $50 each time I use the camera. This is deducted from my pay as well. Also my employer take 12% off the total of the job before any deductions are take out. So I really get 30% of 88% of the job. Does anyone know if any of this is legal? Please help. I have no contract, I have no employee hand book, there are no safety meetings, I haven’t even given him a social security card, just my number.

    • Justa ConcernedCitizen on April 7, 2023 at 1:00 pm

      This is concerning. I am not an attorney, and therefore can only offer my opinion/suggestions. It sounds as though you have been classified by this employer as an Independent Contractor; therefore, you are not an actual employee and probably receive a 1099 at tax time, instead of a W2. From what you’ve described though, you might be (ok, so you’re very likely, IMHO) misclassified, and should receive wages as an employee. Employees have many protections that Independent Contractors do not have. I realize this is an old comment, but anyone in a similar situation should speak with an employment attorney or the Department of Labor. Even the IRS has a stake in these matters. In other words, there are many resources that can help you, but your best bet is to find a Plaintiff Employment Attorney (most offer free initial consultations).

  4. David baker on June 9, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    I work for a company that has that Union now the company is getting ready to cut positions and our Union president is failing to do anything to keep our positions at half and the company is forcing us to go 12 hour shifts now for the 12-hour shifts what does the labor laws California say about time and a half and double time even though we’re Union Place

  5. Shar on April 24, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Where can I get the free pamphlets I need to pass out for new hires for California? Every site is charging.

    • Lucero Ortiz on April 13, 2021 at 11:08 am

      EDD, DIR, DFEH

  6. Brian Rebeiro on April 2, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Hi need help with this .i worked8 years for the same place. I had a fall and hit my head pretty bad. Had a Cuncution and laceration on back of my head. Work didn’t take or call so i could get medical treatment. The owner didn’t want any one on work comp. Well i had got hurt again. This time was my knee. I made a report as i was told to. Asked for work comp. Was told no. Again owner didn’t want any one on work comp. . why is this ok. Its not. I need help previewing this. . i have all medical papers. Qme. Paper from fair housing and labor. Case to sue them but cant find a attorney to help me. Need California on my side please help my.

    • Elizabeth on September 25, 2020 at 4:14 pm

      Your employer is required to give you the contact information of the workers compensation insurance. It’s not up to your employer to decide if you get workers comp or not. It is illegal for them to withhold that contact information.

  7. Tina on January 12, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Can a company eliminate vacation pay and holiday pay all of a sudden. Does the Company need to pay any accrued vacation Pay from the past

    • John Ward on December 22, 2021 at 12:44 pm

      Yes, a company can eliminate vacation pay and holiday pay. It’s best practice to give notice to employees.
      Yes, the company needs to paid all accrued vacation pay.

  8. emelinegoble on June 3, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Great article. I Appreciate the specifics , Does anyone know where my assistant might grab a fillable B1 Official Form 1 document to type on ?

  9. Lawsuit Loans on January 14, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Excellent post, this (I assume) will help a lot of people with their current questions and concerns.

  10. Los Angeles Lawyer on January 14, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Excellent resources

  11. Postergal on December 3, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Employees should be empowered by informing them of their rights. By doing so, abuses from their employers may be prevented.

  12. Legal Aid on November 18, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Information regarding employee’s rights is very helpful. This pieces of information would enlighten them of their rights. This would also help them file a suit in case of abuses from their employers.

  13. Rachel Simpson on November 16, 2009 at 3:55 am

    Yes! I think as an employee you need these suggestions to protect yourself.We all must know these laws because these are related to our job.

  14. Eugene Lee on October 27, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Take ’em all. The price is definitely right — free!

  15. Salaries on October 26, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    My friend got some free pamphlets. I think I need to grab one too. To protect myself as an employee.

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