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These organizations may provide assistance with some aspects of employment law. Contact these organizations directly for more information about the services provided.

Job Discrimination

Thel agency  responsible for investigating, conciliating, and prosecuting discrimination claims that violate federal law.

EEOC San Francisco District Office
350 The Embarcadero, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94105-1260 1-800-669-4000
The San Francisco District Office has jurisdiction over several states in the Pacific Northwest and numerous counties in Northern California. Its website features information on filing a claim locally, as well as mediation and outreach resources available within its jurisdiction.

Unemployment and Workers' Compensation

VLSP Employment Law Clinic
501 12th St., Sacramento
Services provided: advice on the denial of unemployment benefits, and other employment disputes. Call for an appointment. Income restrictions apply.

Legal Services of Northern California
515 12th Street, Sacramento
Services provided: assistance for workers whose unemployment claims have been denied.
Call at 8:30 a.m. for same-day appointment.

DWC Information and Assistance Unit
916-928-3158 (recorded info line: 800-736-7401)
Injured workers can contact the Information & Assistance (I&A) Unit of their local Division of Workers' Compensation office. In addition, injured workers can attend a monthly workshop to learn about their rights and workers' comp procedures. 

Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center
Assistance with a wide variety of work-related problems, including denial of wages, discrimination, work and safety issues, unemployment benefits, harassment, and wrongful termination. The website also has fact sheets, do-it-yourself guides, forms, and sample letters.

  • Davis Clinic
    Every Other Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    916-905-5857 (call for appointment)
    770 Pole Line Road, Davis
  • Phone-In Clinic
    Wednesdays, 5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    English / Spanish: (415) 864-8208
    English / Spanish: (866) 864-8208
    Mandarin / Cantonese: (415) 593-0066

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The Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center has a variety of fact sheets, do-it-yourself guides, forms, and letters on their "Get Help" webpages.

In addition, the Law Library of Congress has produced a useful research guide: Employment and Labor Law: A Beginner's Guide

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Everyday Law and Ask the County Law Librarian articles are written by Law Librarians on a variety of common legal issues.

Articles from other organizations:

  • Anti-Discrimination Law Q&As (EEOC)
    One of many publications by the EEOC, this guide is useful introductory reading.
  • Employment Discrimination  (Cornell's Legal Information Institute)
    A concise overview of employment discrimination law by Cornell's Legal Information Institute.
  • Federal EEO Laws (EEOC)
    A discussion of federal anti-discrimination laws in effect, with links to primary law and relevant agencies included. 
  • Strategies to Enforce Rights (Nolo Press)
    This website features a brief article on initiating a complaint with the EEOC, including an outline of the steps following a filed complaint.


The Law Librarians created these pamphlets in response to frequently asked questions on subjects not appropriate for more substantive guides.

Contractual Arbitration (Mandatory Binding Arbitration)


Audios from outside organizations