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

Predictive Scheduling: What is it and why is it important

If you work an hourly job where you don't get your schedule until a few days before it starts, or you have to be "on call" and never know if you'll work or not, then this issue is for you.

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Blog of the Week

Workplace Deaths Are Rising. Trump-Era Budget Cuts Could Make It Worse.

In an alarming development in the world of workplace safety, the latest statistics reveal that the number of accidental deaths on the job in America is on the rise, reversing the longer-term trend toward fewer fatal incidents.

Thought for the Week

"The new AMA policy signals that physicians support the need and benefit of policies for family and medical leave that are inclusive of LGBTQ workers."

–Patrice Harris, M.D. President-Elect of the American Medical Association, which announced support for extending family leave policies to LGBTQ caregivers

List of the Week

from Workplace Fairness

Top Benefits and Leaves searches this week:

  • Vacation pay
  • Disability leave
  • Military leave
  • Paid sick leave 

Top Five News Headlines

  1. This nonprofit isn’t promptly paying its workers. Should she blow the whistle when she leaves?
  2. The Deceptive Campaign to Keep D.C. Service Workers Underpaid
  3. Tesla Severance Offer Draws the Line on Worker-Safety Concerns
  4. Pregnancy Discrimination Is Rampant Inside America’s Biggest Companies
  5. Supreme Court Decision in Janus Looms Over Critical Public-Sector Jobs and Public Services

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