An employee has a right to inspect his/her personnel file. Labor Code 1198.5
. However, an employer is not absolutely required to place a copy of a harassment claim in the employee's file. So, while you can get access to your records, you may not actually find what you're looking for.
In order to obtain a copy of the complaint from the California Department of Fair Employment (DFEH) and Housing or the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), you would have to file a Freedom of Information Request with the EEOC, or a Public Records Request with the DFEH.
It can sometimes take weeks, months or even years to obtain these types of records, unless you actually file a lawsuit against the employer for defamation of character, and then subpoena the relevant records as part of the lawsuit.
If your reputation is being seriously
damaged (as might be the case with a celebrity) then this may be a viable option. Otherwise, you are probably wasting your time.
For a civil litigation attorney referral, see this link
Hope this helps.
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