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You may appeal examination decisions 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 candidate 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 candidate. 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 fax appeals to:

California Department of Human Resources (CalHR)
Attn: Merit System Appeals
1515 S Street, North Building, Suite 543
Sacramento, CA 95811
Appeals can also be emailed to: