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EEO - Affirmative Action: California

EEO - Affirmative Action requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Brian S. Inamine, LeClairRyan


  • Generally, California does not require public employers to establish affirmative action programs; however, there are a number of significant exceptions to this rule. See Public Employers.
  • Private employers are not required to establish affirmative action programs under California law. See Private Employers.
  • California State Agencies are required to implement Equal Employment Opportunity Programs. See Equal Employment Opportunity Programs.