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

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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