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Employees with permanent status may appeal to the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) if any of the following actions are taken against them:
  1. Involuntary demotion
  2. Dismissal
  3. Suspension or reduction in pay
  4. Medical termination or transfer
  5. Automatic resignation
  6. Grievances involving discrimination or political affiliation
  7. Rejection during probation

All employment rights appeals must be filed in writing with CalHR within 30 calendar days from the date the action or notification of action against which the appeal is made. Appeals must state the facts upon which they are based, and the relief requested in sufficient detail to enable CalHR to understand the nature of the proceeding and the parties concerned.

Appellants should mail or email appeals to:

California Department of Human Resources (CalHR)
Attn: Merit Systems Appeals
1515 S Street, North Building, Suite 543
Sacramento, CA 95811
Appeals can also be emailed to: MSSProgram@calhr.ca.gov



You may appeal selection process decisions (examinations) to the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) on the following grounds:
  • For alleged irregularity, discrimination, bias, or fraud in one or more steps in an examination, or
  • For alleged improper acts or circumstances resulting in erroneous interpretation and application, by the examiners, or the skills, knowledge and abilities considered to be essential for satisfactory performance in the class for which the applicant is being examined.
Therefore, your appeal will have to demonstrate how the examination or your results fall into one of these two categories.

Appeals of decisions from selection procedures must be filed in writing with CalHR within 30 calendar days of the date on which notification of the results of the selection process were mailed to the applicant. Please note that notifying or conferring with CPS HR does not extend the time for filing an appeal with CalHR. Your rights may be lost if you fail to file with CalHR within the 30 day time limit.

Your appeal should include a description of the facts that support your contention that the selection process was improper.

Appellants should mail or email appeals to:

California Department of Human Resources (CalHR)
Attn: Merit Systems Appeals
1515 S Street, North Building, Suite 543
Sacramento, CA 95811
Appeals can also be emailed to: MSSProgram@calhr.ca.gov


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