The Law Office of Richard Vaznaugh

Experts in Workplace Rights for Bay Area Workers

505 Sansome Street, Suite 850
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 593-0076
Fax: (415) 653-8935

About The Attorneys

Richard Vaznaugh, Principal

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Since 1994, Mr. Vaznaugh has represented employees in claims against their employers. His current practice is exclusively dedicated to the representation of employees in civil litigation and he offers excellent and vigorous representation against large and mid-sized employers and any opposing counsel.

Legal Experience:

  • Principal, Law Office of Richard Vaznaugh, San Francisco, CA, 1997 to present.
  • Trained with experienced employment attorneys in first several years of practice.
  • Externed for San Francisco Superior Court Judge William Cahill (ret.), 1994.
  • Law clerk, employment litigation, Siegel & LeWitter, Oakland, CA, 1993.
  • Law clerk, employment department, La Raza Centro Legal, SF, CA, 1992.

Law School:

University of California, Hastings College of Law
Juris Doctor, 1994
Associate Editor, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review.
Certificate: Public Interest Scholar.

Undergraduate School:

University of California at Berkeley
B.A., 1989
Major: Rhetoric.

Memberships:

Member, California Employment Lawyers Association. 2001 to present; Member, Legislative Affairs Committee; Federal Rules Of Civil Procedure Task Force.

Member, State Bar of California, Employment and Labor Law Section.

Associate Member, McFetridge Inn of Court 2000-2002.

Presentations:

"How Cultural Differences Affect Perceptions At Work and In Court."
California Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Pasadena, CA, October 2008.

Publications:

Author, Note, Environmental Muscle for the North American Free Trade Agreement, 17 Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, 207; multiple journalistic publications for The Modesto Bee, The San Francisco Business Times, The Wenatchee World, and other newspapers.

Languages:

Fluent in Spanish, conversant in Portuguese.

Personal Information:

Mr. Vaznaugh lives in San Francisco, California with his wife Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh, ScD and their two young children. Ms. Sanchez-Vaznaugh is an affiliated faculty at UCSF's Center on Social Disparities in Health and Associate Professor at San Francisco State University. Mr. Vaznaugh's roots in the Bay Area go back four generations and more than 100 years to his great-grandfather Fred Vaznaugh.

Jason Kwan, Associate Attorney

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Mr. Kwan is an Associate Attorney with the office. He has committed his practice to representing employees in labor and employment disputes and has experience in overtime, wage and hour, disability discrimination, age discrimination, race/national origin discrimination, and family and medical leave disputes.

Mr. Kwan has broad experience in legal technology, including electronic discovery, and uses these skills on a day-to-day basis to obtain and track down digitally stored evidence in our cases. Prior to passing the bar, he worked in the Litigation Support Section of the California Attorney General's Office learning a variety of litigation programs common in the legal industry, including Concordance, Law PreDiscovery, CaseMap, TextMap, and Trial Director.

Mr. Kwan is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. While at Hastings he worked for the Workers' Rights Clinic as a student counselor and he assisted the Honorable Steven B. Berlin of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges as a legal extern.

Mr. Kwan is a native of Hacienda Heights, CA in the Greater L.A. Area and received his B.A. in English from the California State University, Los Angeles.

Vaznaugh Weekly Weekly

Topic of the Week

Domestic Violence and the Workplace

Domestic violence -- mental or physical abuse at the hands of an intimate partner -- often affects the victims' ability to work.

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Blog of the Week

The Longest Strike in America Needs a Political Savior

The longest ongoing strike in America today is happening in the media capital of the world. It involves the people who install and repair the cables that bring the news to many of the most influential people in America. But after three long years, the Spectrum workers of New York City are beginning to feel as though everyone has forgotten about them.

Thought for the Week

"In the aftermath of abuse, survivors immediately need physical safety and financial independence from their abusers... Understandably, it becomes incredibly difficult for survivors to secure and retain work after experiencing trauma...Many of the reasons that survivors have for taking time away from work aren’t covered. They are limited to using unpaid leave for medical treatment, to care for their own serious illness, or to care for a sick or injured family member, but cannot use it to seek legal or law enforcement protection from their abuser, to obtain assistance from a victim services provider, or to relocate or take steps to secure their existing home. "

–Alejandra Y. Castillo; CEO of YWCA USA

List of the Week

from National Domestic Violence Hotline

Domestic Violence and the Workplace

  • Nearly 33% of women killed in U.S. workplaces between 2003-2008 were killed by a current or former intimate partner.
  • A survey of American employees found that 44% of full-time employed adults personally experienced domestic violence’s effect in their workplaces.
  • More than 70% of United States workplaces do not have a formal program or policy that addresses workplace violence.

Top Five News Headlines

  1. Black bank employee who said white customer sexually harassed her wins $2.4M
  2. What Gen Z women want as they join the workforce
  3. Google HR boss steps down during period of employee dissension
  4. 60 percent of Americans have seen or been victim of discrimination at work, new study finds
  5. American Workers Are Going On Strike In Huge Numbers

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