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

The Law at Work: Links

  • Workplace Fairness, a non-profit organization working to preserve and promote employee rights: http://www.workplacefairness.org
  • Read common sense explanations of many California employment law issues by The Employment Law Center, a non-profit law firm offering litigation, counseling and advocacy in the area of employment law: https://www.las-elc.org/fact-sheets
  • Read about California overtime and other wage and hour laws from the State of California's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/dlse.html
  • You can file your own overtime or other wage claim with the State of California's Labor Commissioner – with procedures designed so that you can represent yourself: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/HowToFileWageClaim.htm

         Note: Typically we recommend that a claim be handled by an experienced employment attorney. You should at least try to consult with a lawyer before filing such a claim. For smaller claims, a non-profit organization may be able to help. There are many such organizations including the Employment Law Center, with clinics in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose, the Hastings Civil Justice Clinic, La Raza Centro Legal and the Asian Law Caucus.
  • Read about California Anti-Discrimination Laws from the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the State agency created to enforce and interpret those laws: http://www.dfeh.ca.gov/Complaints_EmpFAQ.htm
  • Before you can file a California discrimination or harassment complaint in court you usually have to file a discrimination claim with an administrative agency, such as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing ("DFEH"), first.

    You can set up an appointment to ask for an investigation here: http://www.dfeh.ca.gov/Contact.htm

         Note: The DFEH system is designed for unrepresented persons, but we recommend speaking with an employment lawyer before you file your claim. If you are close to the deadline (typically one year from the bad act) you should proceed on your own.
  • You can also file a complaint and request an immediate right to sue letter from the DFEH, here: http://esq5.houdiniesq.com/dfeh/intake/

         Note: Typically this should only be done by persons who are actually represented by an attorney.

The above information is provided as general information and does not constitute legal advice or an agreement of representation. No guarantee is made about departmental procedures as these may not apply to your particular case and are subject to change without notice. The law office does not agree to monitor or assist with claims that are filed by unrepresented individuals. We are not responsible for links being current or correct.

Vaznaugh Weekly Weekly

Topic of the Week

Am I Entitled To Sick Leave?

Contrary to popular belief, there is no general legal requirement that employers give employees sick leave. While most employers do in fact give employees some paid time off each year to be used for sick leave, the law does not require employers to do so

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Blog of the Week

Everyone can get coronavirus, but economic inequality means it will be worst for those at the bottom

Coronavirus doesn’t spare the powerful. As of this writing, two members of the House, a senator, and the president of Harvard University have tested positive. But as with so many things in the unequal United States of America, it’s going to be worse for people who are already vulnerable: low-income people, people in rural areas, homeless people, single parents, inmates, and more.

Thought for the Week

"Every time a woman leaves the workforce because she can't find or afford childcare, or she can't work out a flexible arrangement with her boss, or she has no paid maternity leave, her family's income falls down a notch. Simultaneously, national productivity numbers decline."

–Madeleine M. Kunin

List of the Week

from National Compensation Survey

U.S. workers and paid sick leave

  • 24% of U.S. civilian workers, or roughly 33.6 million people, do not have access to paid sick leave
  • 92% of workers in the top quarter of earnings (meaning hourly wages greater than $32.21) have access to some form of paid sick leave
  • Among the lowest-earning tenth – those whose wages are $10.80 an hour or less – just 31% have paid sick leave

Top Five News Headlines

  1. Bosses Panic-Buy Spy Software to Keep Tabs on Remote Workers
  2. A far-right rallying cry: Older Americans should volunteer to work
  3. San Francisco Says Coronavirus Has Made Gig Economy’s Labor Abuses Untenable
  4. Can your boss make you come to work during coronavirus outbreak?
  5. University of Rochester and plaintiffs settle sexual harassment lawsuit for $9.4 million

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