The Law Office of Richard Vaznaugh

Experts in Workplace Rights for Bay Area Workers

1388 Sutter Street, Suite 1000
San Francisco, CA 94109
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

Surviving Job Insecurity

According to economists, the recession is mostly in our rear view mirror so there should be more job security, correct? Welcome to the new normal, unfortunately, where job insecurity is the norm.

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Blog of the Week

Donald Trump's policies will mean more workers dead on the job

Each day in the United States, 13 people are killed as a direct result of hazardous working conditions. And, more than 10 times that number die of work-related diseases that are less sudden but no less devastating.

Thought for the Week

"For I can raise no money by vile means."

–William Shakespeare

List of the Week

from Careerbuilder.com

Lax With Laptops: Computer Insecurity

  • 9% of workers have downloaded a virus on their computer at work.
  • 18% of workers have opened an attachment or clicked on a link from a sender they didn't know.
  • 18% have looked at a website that they knew wasn't secure while at work. 

Top Five News Headlines

  1. Yes, you can legally be fired for attending a political rally
  2. Why Google Could Lose
  3. Secret Service Out of Overtime Money for 1,100 Employees
  4. Trump Pick to Oversee Worker Protections Promoted Sweatshops on Remote US Islands
  5. What the Science Actually Says About Gender Gaps in the Workplace