Referrals

Select a topic or type of organization below for further information or assistance. For further information, see our legal Fact Sheets or contact the Workers’ Rights Clinics.

  • Hiring | Termination | Job Loss

    also see: unemployment insurance, pay and hours, discrimination/harassment, lawyer referral services, small claims court

    Free Legal Service Workers’ Rights Clinics
    Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center
    The Workers’ Rights Clinics provide free and confidential information to lower-income workers about their legal rights and the steps they may take to protect those rights. Clinic staff generally do not represent individuals in court.
    Three locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Income Guidelines apply.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
  • Pay and Hours

    Free Legal Service Workers’ Rights Clinics
    Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center
    The Workers’ Rights Clinics provide free and confidential information to lower-income workers about their legal rights and the steps they may take to protect those rights. Clinic staff generally do not represent individuals in court.
    Three locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Income Guidelines apply.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
    CA Government Agency “Labor Commissioner” (Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement [DLSE])
    Claims accepted: Unpaid regular wages, overtime, vacation or bonuses (including improper exemption from overtime or classification as contractor); minimum wage violations; improper deduction or withholding practices; child labor; Other complaints re hours and conditions.
    Most individual claims for unpaid wages in California are filed with this agency.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese
    CA Government Agency Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, Bureau of Field Enforcement
    Claims accepted: Wage & hour violations by employer, usually filed on behalf of a group of employees.
    US Government Agency Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division
    Claims accepted: Minimum wage violations; unpaid wages and overtime; child labor; record keeping violations; retaliation for filing DOL claim; improper deductions; other complaints re hours and conditions.
    Work must involve “interstate commerce.” Employer may also have to meet Gross Sales test.
  • Benefits

    also see: County Legal Aid Offices

    Free Legal Service Workers’ Rights Clinics
    Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center
    The Workers’ Rights Clinics provide free and confidential information to lower-income workers about their legal rights and the steps they may take to protect those rights. Clinic staff generally do not represent individuals in court.
    Three locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Income Guidelines apply.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
    CA Government Agency Employment Development Department (EDD)
    Claims accepted: California Paid Family Leave
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Armenian, Punjabi, Tagalog
    US Government Agency Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration
    Claims accepted: COBRA (continuing health benefits) violations, ERISA- and pension-related violations.
    CA Government Agency Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board
    Offers health insurance to Californians who are otherwise unable to secure health coverage.
    CA Government Agency Department of managed health care
    Claims accepted: receives complaints regarding health care service plans. The website has complaint forms and instructions online.
  • Leaves | Time Off from Work

    Free Legal Service Work & Family Project
    Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center
    The Work & Family Project provides legal information and counseling to workers whose need to take leave to care for their own serious health condition or that of a child, parent, or spouse places them at risk of losing employment.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
    Provides brochures in Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean. (For English and Spanish, see the Employment Development Department below.)
    Also conducts Paid Family Leave workshops for non-union employers.
    Free Legal Service Equal Rights Advocates
    Call (800) 839-4372
    Free Legal Service for Unions Labor Project for Working Families
    Call (510) 643-7088
    Also conducts Paid Family Leave workshops for unions
    CA Government Agency Employment Development Department (EDD)
    Call (877)-BE-THERE
    Claims accepted: California Paid Family Leave
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Armenian, Punjabi, Tagalog
    Order brochures, fact sheets and claims forms in Spanish and English online
    US Government Agency Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division
    Claims accepted: Violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Unemployment Insurance

    also see: County Legal Aid Offices

    Free Legal Service Workers’ Rights Clinics
    Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center
    The Workers’ Rights Clinics provide free and confidential information to lower-income workers about their legal rights and the steps they may take to protect those rights. Clinic staff generally do not represent individuals in court.
    Three locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Income Guidelines apply.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
    CA Government Agency Employment Development Department (EDD)
    Claims Accepted: Unemployment Insurance
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese
    CA Government Agency Employment Development Department (EDD)—Office of Appeals
    Schedules all appeals from denial of unemployment insurance benefits.
  • Health and Safety | Job Injuries

    Free Legal Service Workers’ Rights Clinics
    Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center
    The Workers’ Rights Clinics provide free and confidential information to lower-income workers about their legal rights and the steps they may take to protect those rights. Clinic staff generally do not represent individuals in court.
    Three locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Income Guidelines apply.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
    CA Government Agency Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Workers’ Compensation, Information & Assistance Bureau
    Handles questions about Workers’ compensation insurance claims.
    Language: Spanish
    CA Government Agency Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board
    Handles workers’ compensation discrimination claims. (Cal. Labor Code 132[9])
    US Government Agency U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP)
    Claims accepted: Workers’ compensation claims for federal employess.
    CA Government Agency Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CAL-OSHA)
    Handles complaints about workplace safety conditions.
    CA Government Agency “Labor Commissioner” (Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement [DLSE])
    Handles claims of retaliation for filing a health and safety complaint.
    US Government Agency Occupational Safety & Health Administration
    Handles complaints from federal employees about workplace safety conditions and claims of retaliation for filing a complaint.
    US Government Agency Environmental Protection Agency
    Free Legal Service Labor and Occupational Health Program (LOHP), School of Public Health, U.C. Berkeley
    Video Tapes and Publications in Spanish and English on worker health and safety. Currently available for download from their website is “Workers’ Compensation in California: A Guidebook for Injured Workers” in English and Spanish. LOHP visits the workplace and makes recommendations for how to comply with OSHA standards.
    Language: Spanish
    Legal Representation / Advocacy Worksafe
    California-based organization that advocates for protective worker health and safety laws and effective remedies for injured workers, monitors government enforcement, and engages in campaigns to eliminate hazards and toxic chemicals from the workplace.
    UCSF Division of Occupational & Environmental Medicine
    Medical exams for on-the-job injury or illness.
    Occupational Stress Center, Institute for Labor and Mental Health
    3137 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94703 (510) 653-6166
    Staff consists of doctors, psychologists, and therapists. Evaluation for state disability and Workers’ comp; legal referrals. Sliding scale.
  • Discrimination and Harassment

    Free Legal Service Workers’ Rights Clinics
    Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center
    The Workers’ Rights Clinics provide free and confidential information to lower-income workers about their legal rights and the steps they may take to protect those rights. Clinic staff generally do not represent individuals in court.
    Three locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Income Guidelines apply.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
    US Government Agency Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
    Charges accepted: race; color; national origin; disability; gender; religion; pregnancy;marital status; age.
    Workplace must have 15+ employees. By appointment.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese
    CA Government Agency Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)
    Charges accepted: race; color; national origin; ancestry; disability; gender; age; religion; pregnancy; marital status; medical condition (cancer); family/medical leave.
    Workplace must have 5+ employees for discrimination; no minimum size for harassment. By appointment.
    Language: Spanish
    CA Government Agency “Labor Commissioner” (Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement [DLSE])
    Charges accepted: Unequal pay based on gender; retaliation for reporting a safety violation, or for filing a wage claim.
    Workplace must have 5+ employees.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese
    US Government Agency Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division
    Charges accepted: family/medical leave.
    Municipal Government Agency (San Francisco) Human Rights Commission
    Charges accepted: sexual orientation; HIV/AIDS/ARC. Staff investigates and attempts to mediate/resolve charges; provides counseling and technical assistance; information and referrals.
    Languages: American Sign Language (ASL) provided upon request, with 48-hour advance notice.
    US Government Agency Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance
    Charges accepted: EEO noncompliance by federal contractors.
    Languages: no assistance available in a language other than English; bring a translator.
    US Government Agency Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, CA No. District
    Charges accepted: Discrimination involving force or threats of force; racial violence; slavery. Callers generally referred to “Civil Rights Hotline” in D.C.: (202) 514-3204.
    US Government Agency Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
    Charges accepted: Discrimination in federally-funded education programs and institutions on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability.
    US Government Agency Department of Health & Human Services, Office for Civil Rights
    Charges accepted: Discrimination in federally-funded health and human services programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability. Covered programs include: hospitals, nursing homes, social service programs, welfare agencies.
    Municipal Government Agency (San Francisco) Civil Service Commission, EEO Unit
    Charges accepted: Discrimination against employees of city government.
  • Disabilities

    Free Legal Service Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic
    Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
    The Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic provides free and confidential legal advice, counseling, and information to workers and job seekers with disabilities. Priority is given to low-income individuals. Disability Law Workshops are free and open to the public on the 1st and 4th Tuesday of the month from 5:30pm–6:30pm. For schedule and more information, call (415) 864-8848.
    Clinics are held on Tuesday nights at the Ed Roberts Campus (3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley, 94703). Phone appointments are also available.
    By appointment only: call (415) 864-8848
    Languages: Spanish
    Free Legal Service Workers’ Rights Clinics
    Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center
    The Workers’ Rights Clinics provide free and confidential information to lower-income workers about their legal rights and the steps they may take to protect those rights. Clinic staff generally do not represent individuals in court.
    Three locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Income Guidelines apply.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
    CA Government Agency Employment Development Department (EDD)
    Claims Accepted: Temporary (State) Disability Insurance
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese
    US Government Agency Social Security Administration
    Claims Accepted: Social Security (Permanent) Disability Insurance
    US Government Agency Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
    Charges accepted: disability-based discrimination and harassment
    Workplace must have 15+ employees. By appointment.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese
    CA Government Agency Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)
    Charges accepted: disability-based discrimination and harassment
    Workplace must have 5+ employees for discrimination; no minimum size for harassment. By appointment.
    Language: Spanish
    Legal Representation AIDS Legal Referral Panel
    Serves people with AIDS, ARC, and HIV-positive status and their partners and family members. The Panel will listen to all requests, provide free consultations, do simple wills, powers of attorney and medical directives without charge.
    Free Legal Service Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
    A national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities. Advances civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development.
  • Language Rights

    Free Legal Service Language Rights Project
    Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center
    The Language Rights Project provides legal information and counseling to individuals who face language discrimination in employment, in government and business services, and in education.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin

  • Domestic Violence

    also see: County Legal Aid Offices

    Free Legal Service The Domestic Violence and Employment Project
    Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center
    The Domestic Violence and Employment Project provides free legal information and assistance about employment rights to domestic violence survivors through its toll-free Helpline.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
    Resource for Advocates ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence
    American Bar Association
    The mission of the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence is to increase access to justice for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking by mobilizing the legal profession.
    National Resource Center Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence
    A partnership of concerned organizations
    The Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center project offers information on the Internet for the benefit of those interested in providing effective workplace responses to victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence and stalking.

    Advocacy, Education, and Services Futures Without Violence
    Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, works to prevent and end violence against women and children around the world.
  • Labor Unions

    Free Legal Service Workers’ Rights Clinics
    Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center
    The Workers’ Rights Clinics provide free and confidential information to lower-income workers about their legal rights and the steps they may take to protect those rights. Clinic staff generally do not represent individuals in court.
    Three locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Income Guidelines apply.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
    US Government Agency National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
    Claims accepted: Private employment union problems; collective bargaining contracts; duty of fair representation; union certification; changing unions; picket lines; discrimination related to union and organizing activities. No public employees (see PERB below).
    Languages: Spanish, some Chinese
    CA Government Agency Public Employee Relations Board (PERB)
    Claims accepted (state and local public employees only): Union problems, particularly within the California school system; union election oversight; arbitration; mediation of unfair labor practices.
  • Types of Workers—Misclassified Workers

    Free Legal Service Workers’ Rights Clinics
    Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center
    The Workers’ Rights Clinics provide free and confidential information to lower-income workers about their legal rights and the steps they may take to protect those rights. Clinic staff generally do not represent individuals in court.
    Three locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Income Guidelines apply.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
    CA Government Agency “Labor Commissioner” (Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement [DLSE])
    Claims accepted: Unpaid regular wages, overtime, vacation or bonuses, including improper exemption from overtime or classification as contractor.
    Most individual claims for unpaid wages in California are filed with this agency.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese
    CA Government Agency Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, Bureau of Field Enforcement
    Claims accepted: Wage & hour violations by employer, usually filed on behalf of a group of employees.
    US Government Agency Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division
    Claims accepted: Unpaid wages due to improper exemption from overtime or classification as contractor.
    Work must involve “interstate commerce.” Employer may also have to meet Gross Sales test.
  • Mental Health

    Emergency Services Suicide Prevention, Inc.
    24-hour crisis line (415) 781-0500
    SPI does not call out. If necessary, call 911 for intervention.
    If there is no immediate threat but the client needs psychological support, they can call one of the resources below.
    Non-Emergency Services Mental Health Information & Referral
    24-hour service: (415) 255-3737
    Non-Emergency Services United Way Help Line
    Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm: (415) 772-HELP
    Spanish Mission Crisis Clinic
    (415) 554-9980
    Language: Spanish
    Cantonese/Mandarin Chinatown/North Beach Mental Health Services
    (415) 352-2000
    Languages: Mandarin, Cantonese
  • Whistleblowing

    Free Legal Service Workers’ Rights Clinics
    Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center
    The Workers’ Rights Clinics provide free and confidential information to lower-income workers about their legal rights and the steps they may take to protect those rights. Clinic staff generally do not represent individuals in court.
    Three locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Income Guidelines apply.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
    CA Government Agency State Auditor Hotline
    To report on a state or governmental agency, call toll-free (800) 952-5665
    CA Government Agency California Attorney General Hotline
    To report on any other employer, call toll-free (800) 952-5225
  • Free Employment Rights Counseling

    Workers’ Rights Workers’ Rights Clinics
    Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center
    The Workers’ Rights Clinics provide free and confidential information to lower-income workers about their legal rights and the steps they may take to protect those rights. Clinic staff generally do not represent individuals in court.
    Three locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Income Guidelines apply.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
    Work and Family Work & Family Project
    Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center
    The Work & Family Project provides legal information and counseling to workers whose need to take leave to care for their own serious health condition or that of a child, parent, or spouse places them at risk of losing employment.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
    Language Rights Language Rights Project
    Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center
    The Language Rights Project provides legal information and counseling to individuals who face language discrimination in employment, in government and business services, and in education.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
    Domestic Violence and Employment The Domestic Violence and Employment Project
    Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center
    The Domestic Violence and Employment Project provides free legal information and assistance about employment rights to domestic violence survivors through its toll-free Helpline.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
    Criminal Records San Francisco Clean Slate Clinic
    San Francisco Public Defender’s Office
    555 Seventh Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. (415) 553-9337.
    The Clean Slate Clinic (CSC) provides free legal help to eligible individuals who are seeking to clean up their criminal records.
    Criminal Records Alameda County Clean Slate Clinic
    East Bay Community Law Center
    The Clean Slate Clinic (CSC) provides free legal help to eligible individuals who are seeking to clean up their Alameda County criminal records.
    Mediation of EEOC Claims EEOC Mediation Clinic — University of San Francisco School of Law
    (415) 422-6218
    Smail Claims Small Claims Clinics, New College School of Law
    Clinics and workshops on presenting cases in small claims court and collecting small claims court judgments.
    Discrimination / Civil Rights National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
    1290 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115. (415) 922-0650
    Referrals for discrimination cases; some counseling. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-3p.m. NAACP handles discrimination cases, housing, employment and police brutality. Does not handle family law.
    Women and Employment Women’s Employment Law Clinic
    Golden Gate University School of Law
    536 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. (415) 442-6647
    Provides counseling and advocacy for low-income clients in the areas of wage claims, unemployment insurance appeals, sex discrimination, sex harassment, family/medical leave and pregnancy discrimination.
  • Legal Aid Offices

    Alameda County Bay Area Legal Aid
    Law: Eviction defense, welfare, unemployment, custody and some other family law, SSI appeals, public housing issues, wage claims.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
    East Bay Community Law Center
    Law: Eviction defense, welfare, unemployment, SSI appeals, public housing issues.
    Language: Spanish
    Legal Assistance for Seniors
    Law: Elder abuse, incapacity problems, landlord/tenant, long-term care, benefits.
    Language: Spanish; others by appointment.
    Contra Costa
    Bay Area Legal Aid—Contra Costa
    Law: Government benefits, health, housing and uncontested dissolutions.
    Languages: Lao and Spanish
    San Francisco Bay Area Legal Aid
    Law: Public benefits, unemployment benefits, consumer, housing, domestic violence, child custody, housing, etc.
    Languages: Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, some Russian and Arabic
    San Mateo Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
    Law: Consumer, domestic relations, education, housing, welfare.
    Languages: Some Asian languages capacity, Spanish.
    Santa Clara County Bay Area Legal Aid
    Law: landlord/tenant, custody and visitation, restraining order clinic.
    Languages: Spanish in housing unit only; bring interpreter for other services
    Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County
    Asian Law Alliance
    Law: employment, housing, domestic violence, immigration.
    Languages: Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese
    California Rural Legal Assistance
    Law: housing, education, employment, wage claims, SSI overpayment.
    Language: Spanish
    Marin County Marin County Legal Aid Society
    Law: Domestic violence, elder law, employment, housing, public benefits.
    Languages: Spanish, Vietnamese and Samoan
    Napa County Bay Area Legal Aid
    Law: Debtor/creditor, domestic violence, LL/tenant, public benefits, elder law
    Language: Spanish
    Solano County Legal Services of Northern California
    Law: Housing, disabilities, income stabiliization, seniors, health care, government benefits, teen outreach, war relief, family law
    Sonoma County Sonoma County Legal Services Foundation
    Law: Consumer, domestic violence, youth. Legal services available on sliding scale for family and juvenile law, debt collection, bankruptcy, housing issues, misdemeanor criminal and traffic law, employment, and wills, probate, and guardianships.
    Languages: Spanish in housing unit only; bring interpreter for other services
  • Lawyer Referral Services

    California California State Bar Referral Service
    Help for clients seeking local legal referrals.
    Call toll-free (866) 442-2529; in the San Francisco Bay Area, call (415) 538-2250.
    Alameda County Alameda County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
    Refers only discrimination or harassment cases with a right-to-sue letter from DFEH or EEOC. No discrimination or harassment cases. Wrongful discharge if employed for over five years. Fee is $30 for first half hour of consultation (no fee in case of non-stress-related worker’s compensation).
    San Francisco City/County Bar Association of San Francisco Lawyer Referral Service
    The Bar Association has panels for three types of employment-related legal problems: Employer-employee disputes/ Civil Service disputes, Title VII discrimination, and wrongful discharge. There are fewer than 15 attorneys on these panels. Fee is $30 for first half hour of consultation.
    Languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin and Vietnamese.
    Santa Clara County Santa Clara Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
    Takes cases only where the employee has been working with employer 3 years or more. $30 for half hour consultation.
    Contra Costa County Contra Costa County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
    Referrals for employer-employee, discrimination, and wrongful discharge cases. Fee is $30 for first half hour of consultation.
    Marin County Marin County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
    Fee is $35 for first half hour of consultation; no fee for workers’ comp. cases.
    San Mateo County San Mateo County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
    The fee is $30 for half hour of consultation.
    Palo Alto Palo Alto Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
    Only cases regarding employment discrimination are referred. $35 for half hour of consultation.
    Private Referral Service Aids Legal Referral Panel
    Serves people with AIDS, ARC, and HIV-positive status and their partners and family members. The Panel will listen to all requests, provide free consultations, do simple wills, powers of attorney and medical directives without charge; other matters handled on a case-by-case basis.
    Private Referral Service Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
    There are employment plaintiff’s attorneys and Worker’s Compensation attorneys on the DREDF panel. All attorneys are trained in disability law.
    Private Referral Service lawhelpcalifornia.org
    Referrals to local low-cost and pro bono legal services.
    Private Referral Service Workers’ Compensation Applicants Association—Consumer Information Service
    Mails listings of Workers’ Compensation attorneys by local area.
    801 12th St., Suite 201, Sacramento, CA 95814. Call (800) 459-1400.
  • Private/Non-Profit Agencies

    Asian Immigrant Women’s Advocates
    Know-your-rights education, workplace leadership training and ESL classes for monolingual Asian women working in the electronics assembly, food preparation and hotel cleaning industries.
    American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU)
    The ACLU is not a legal aid-type office. Focus is on impact litigation, cases raising civil liberties/civil rights issues, constitutional test cases with a potential impact on large numbers of people, some class actions.
    API Legal Outreach
    Limited advice and referral in employment; target is monolingual Asian women. Family law, domestic violence, landlord/ tenant, consumer, immigration, sponsorship of relatives), public benefits, administrative.
    Asian Law Caucus, Inc.
    Employment/labor cases; wage claims, plant closures, employment discrimination.
    California Indian Legal Services
    Coalition for Immigrant Rights
    The Coalition (CIRRS) is made up of 80 legal assistance, social service, immigrant and refugee rights groups whose goal is to coordinate and insure fair implementation of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA); provide public education re: IRCA and other immigration issues to defend the rights of and coordinate services for all documented and undocumented immigrants and refugees; and to monitor and respond to instances of discrimination.
    Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
    Discrimination based on disability; special education, primarily integration.
    Equal Rights Advocates, Inc.
    Pay equity, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, access to non-traditional jobs. Impact cases only, though some direct services by students.
    La Raza Centro Legal
    Wage and hour claims, employment discrimination, wrongful termination. Focus on day laborers and undocumented workers. Workers’ Rights Clinic and Housing and Govt. Benefits clinic.
    Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
    National Center for Lesbian Rights
    Natl. Association for The Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
    Referrals for discrimination cases; some counseling. Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. NAACP handles discrimination cases, housing, employment and police brutality.
    Pro Bono Project of Santa Clara County
    Locates pro-bono attorneys for Workers’ Rights Clinic cases with legal merit filed in Santa Clara County.
    Public Advocates
    Class action lawsuits.
  • Courts | Court Advisors | Mediation Services

    CA Courts California Courts Online Self-Help Center
    Small claims basics, protection from abuse, family assistance, etc.
    Municipal Courts Small Claims Courts 
    Guidelines for Small Claims Court:
    • Claims are limited to disputes of $7,500 or less. If a claim is for more than the limit, the claimant can agree to waive the amount above $7,500. In doing so, the claimant forever waives the right to this portion of the claim;
    • Claimants cannot file more than 2 small claims actions for more than $2500 in a calendar year;
    • A claimant cannot sue on only part of what is basically a single claim. Suit on any part bars later suit on the balance;
    • No right of appeal. The defendant has the option of appealing the decision to Superior Court;
    • Claimants may not be represented by lawyers during the hearing;
    • No jury;
    • No collateral estoppels;
    • No discovery;
    • Relevant hearsay is admissible.
    Small Claims Legal Advisors:
    • Alameda: (510) 268-7665
    • San Mateo : (650) 573-2605
    • Santa Clara: (408) 370-4440 x6
    • San Francisco: (415) 292-2124
    CA Government Agency State Mediation/Conciliation Service
    Handles requests for a State mediator to help resolve labor/management disputes. Participation is voluntary.
    Federal Court United States Bankruptcy Courts, Northern District of CA
    Bankruptcy Information Line: (888) 457-0604. Call this number to search current bankruptcy filings by the name of the employer.
  • Job Search Assistance

    CA Government Agency Employment Development Department (EDD)
    Services: “Experience Unlimited,” provides access to computers fax machines and a variety of job listings.
    Private Agency Bay Area Urban League
    Services: Employment listings and placement. Some offices have job training programs, alternative education programs and AIDS education.
    2201 Broadway Street, Oakland, CA 94621 (510) 271-1846.
    Private Agency Chinese for Affirmative Action
    Job referrals for general public. Job Hotline: (415) 274-6750
    Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin
    Private Agency Hispanic Referral
    2512 Foothill Blvd., Oakland, CA 94601 (510) 534-8780
    Services: Job placement service for monolingual Spanish-speaking workers. Most jobs are in house cleaning, gardening, painting or construction.
    Language: Spanish
    Private Agency Training and Employment Services
    (415) 922-7593
    Services: Courses in word processing and use of spreadsheet and other common software programs for low-income SF residents. Waivable course fee. Adult Open Access Hours provide access to computers to revise resumes and write cover letters. Provides courses in resume writing.
  • Selected Labor Unions

    San Francisco Communications Workers of America, Local 9410
    240 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Call toll-free: (800) 604-9410. From SF, call (415) 777-9410.
    San Francisco International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU)
    Garment Workers Service Center, 659 Commercial Street (at Kearny), San Francisco (415) 989-9025
    Specializing in garment workers issues, know your rights education, wage claims, unemployment, disability, unsafe working conditions, public benefits entitlement information. Languages include Mandarin and Cantonese.
    Languages: Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese
    Oakland / San Jose Service Employees International Union (SEIU) (AFL-CIO), Local 1877
    Justice for Janitors
    • Oakland : (510) 553-1877
    • San Jose: 1010 Ruff Drive, San Jose, CA 95110 (408) 280-7770
    San Francisco Service Employees International Union (SEIU) (AFL-CIO), Local 790
    240 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 885-0087
    Represents City/County workers
  • Non-Employment Legal Resources

    Accident Defense S.F. Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
    (415) 543-9444
    AIDS-Related AIDS Legal Referral Panel
    (415) 701-1100
    Collection Defense / Debt / Bankruptcy Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco
    (415) 788-0288
    Toll Free: (800) 777-7526
    Consumer Consumer Action
    (415) 777-9635
    Consumer Small Claims Court Advisor
    (415) 292-2124
    Consumer Better Business Bureau
    (415) 243-9999
    Criminal Public Defender’s Office
    (415) 553-1671
    Divorce / Custody / Family Law Bay Area Legal Aid
    (415) 982-1300
    Divorce / Custody / Family Law Family Service Agency
    (415) 474-7310
    Divorce / Custody / Family Law Children’s Council
    (415) 276-2900
    Elderly / Pension / Medicare Legal Assistance to the Elderly
    (415) 861-4444
    General Services Bar Association of S.F. Lawyer Referral Service
    (415) 989-1616
    Housing Bay Area Legal Aid
    (415) 982-1300
    Immigration Helplink Immigrant Assistance
    Spanish/English (415) 543-6767
    Cantonese & Mandarin/English (415) 543-6769
    Vietnamese/English (415) 543-6797
    Religious Discrimination American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU)
    1663 Mission Street, Suite 460, San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 621-2488
    Hotline open 10–12 and 1–3
    Welfare / Public Benefits Bay Area Legal Aid
    (415) 982-1300
    Welfare / Public Benefits General Assistance Advocacy Project
    (415) 928-8191

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