California statutory landlord-tenant law protects tenants from retaliation by their landlords for exercising their legal rights or complaining about problems with the rental unit. The statute governing this situation is California Civil Code section 1942.5, which provides (among other things) that a landlord may not evict a tenant, raise the rent, or decrease any services within 180 days of the tenant making a complaint to the landlord or to an appropriate governmental agency
One area where people unfortunately often find their rights violated is fair employment and housing practices. California's Fair Employment and Housing Act, or FEHA, protects people from discrimination on a number of grounds. Generally, these include sex, race/ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, religion, disability, age, and sexual orientation, identity, or expression. The full text of FEHA is available at the website of the California Department of Fair Housing and Empl
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