DIVISION OF LABOR STANDARDS ENFORCEMENT
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor
State of California
DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
FILING A RETALIATION/DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT
Who may file?
Any employee or applicant for employment who believes he or she was discharged or denied employment or otherwise
retaliated or discriminated against in violation of any law under the jurisdiction of the Labor Commissioner may file a
complaint with the Labor Commissioner by completing and mailing the complaint form (DLSE-205) to the address below.
What is the time limit for filing?
A complaint alleging discrimination and/or retaliation in violation of laws under the jurisdiction of the Labor Commissioner
must be filed within six (6) months after the occurrence of the alleged discriminatory and/or retaliatory action, except for
complaints filed under Labor Code sections 230(c), 230.1, 230.2(b), 1197.5, and Health and Safety Code section 1596.881
Where do I file?
Mail the completed (signed and dated) complaint form to:
Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
Retaliation Complaint Investigation Unit
2031 Howe Avenue, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95825
Laws enforced by the Labor Commissioner that specifically prohibit discrimination and retaliation against employees and job
Labor Code Section 96(k)
For loss of wages as the result of a failure to hire, or demotion, suspension, or discharge from employment because of
engaging in lawful conduct occurring during nonworking hours away from the employer’s premises.
Labor Code Section 98.6
For filing or threatening to file a claim or complaint with the Labor Commissioner, instituting or causing to be instituted any
proceeding relating to rights under the jurisdiction of the Labor Commissioner, or testifying in any such proceeding, or for
exercising (on behalf of oneself or other employees) any of the rights provided under the Labor Code or Orders of the