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.

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Topic of the Week

Sexual Harassment

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Blog of the Week

Striking Alabama Coal Miners Want Their $1.1 Billion Back

History repeated itself as hundreds of miners spilled out of buses in June and July to leaflet the Manhattan offices of asset manager BlackRock, the largest shareholder in the mining company Warrior Met Coal.

Thought for the Week

"Fewer harassment complaints don’t necessarily indicate less harassment is taking place. Employees who may have come forward before 2020 may not be able to afford to now. They might be afraid of losing their job or other retaliation when they’ve lost a loved one and their income, a member of their household is out of work, or they have COVID-related medical bills."

–Victoria E. Langley | The Employment Law Issue

List of the Week

from Pew Research

Facts on Minimum Wage in the U.S.

1. 29 states have set their own higher minimum wage
2. 52% of U.S. voters agree that the minimum wage should rise
3. Nearly 30% of U.S. workers earn near minimum wage

Top Five News Headlines

  1. New Legislation Makes Procedural Changes to DFEH Enforcement and Expands Employer Record Retention Requirements
  2. Tenth Circuit Upholds Employer’s Decision to Deny Telework Accommodation Request Under Rehabilitation Act
  3. Laid-off hotel employees fight for ‘right to return’ to work
  4. Walmart, EEOC Renew Fight Over Coach as Disability Accommodation
  5. ‘Blacklisting’ Rules for Government Contractors Proposed, Again

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