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Inventory of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and Fair Employment and Housing Commission Records
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In 1959 the California Fair Employment Practice Act created the five member Fair Employment Practice Commission (Stats. 1959, ch. 2). Within the Department of Industrial Relations the Division of Fair Employment Practices was created to provide staff support to the Commission. In 1978 the Commission and the Division defined a separation of functions. The Commission was given responsibility for policy development and adjudicating complaints, and the Division received responsibility for processing complaints and suits. In 1980 the Division achieved departmental status within the State and Consumer Services Agency with the new name of Department of Fair Employment and Housing (Stats. 1980, ch. 992). The 1980 reorganization renamed the Commission the Fair Employment and Housing Commission.
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