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The legal remedies division of the CHRD will be launched in 2021. 

Ordinance 186084, Section 51.05 allows any person whose rights are violated as described in Section 51.03 to file a complaint.

The CHRD has authority over complaints involving:

  • Commerce
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Housing

State law controls the enforcement of housing and employment violations for certain protected classes. For housing and employment violations involving these protected classes, CHRD will refer violations to the appropriate agency, including the City Attorney, District Attorney, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Attorney General, or a legal aid group. The CHRD will only provide referrals when superseded by state or federal law. When the CHRD has authority, complainants have the option to go through an investigation and hearing process or proceed on their own in state court.