Appeals and Grievances
The process for State employees to file an appeal, grievance, complaint, or otherwise protest an action varies according to the subject area and employment category.
CalHR handles two types of appeals: contract grievances and non-merit statutory appeals. The State Personnel Board (SPB) handles several other types of appeals.
If you are a rank-and-file employee, check your current Bargaining Unit contract for the specific process that applies to you. CalHR's Labor Relations Division handles grievances. Use these forms to file a grievance:
Employees filing grievances for alleged out-of-class work should also fill out a Job Description Form - CalHR 651 and turn it in to their personnel office along with the appropriate grievance form above.
Non-merit statutory appeals
Follow the links below for examples of appeals, a description of CalHR's hearing process, and some final decisions on non-merit statutory appeals. CalHR's Statutory Appeals Unit handles these appeals.
- Merit: SPB has jurisdiction over merit-based appeals.
- Discrimination: CalHR's Office of Civil Rights is not a repository for discrimination complaints and does not conduct investigations. Each State department has an Equal Employment Opportunity Officer. State employees may contact their respective Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and/or the Employment Opportunity Commission to file a discrimination complaint.