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Richard J Vaznaugh

Richard J Vaznaugh

Law Office of Richard Vaznaugh
  • Employment Law
  • California
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For the last 27 years ago I have focused my practice on representing workers from executives to rank and file in claims against their former and current employers.

I maintain a limited case load to make sure each case gets the attention it deserves.

I am highly experienced, so you can be sure you have the right lawyer to take on your civil employment dispute.

I try to make a real and positive difference for each client by honest advice and advocating vigorously and ethically for you.


After living in several countries and several states as a child, at 18, I returned permanently to the Bay Area and attended the University of California, Berkeley and then, UC Hastings College of the Law. Thanks to my mother, who was a native Argentine, I speak fluent Spanish and I have travelled extensively in Latin America.

When not at work, I spend most of my free time with my wife and kids. I also enjoy bicycling, politics, restaurants, and travel (but only for vacation).

Practice Area
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
  • Free Consultation
    A free and confidential initial consultation to see if we can assist with your case.
  • Contingent Fees
    Most cases are taken based on our very competitive contingent fee arrangements.
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  • Spanish: Spoken
Professional Experience
Principal Attorney
Law Office of Richard Vaznaugh
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Univ of California Berkeley
Undergraduate Degree
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UC Hastings COL
Law Degree
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2021 listed top 5% of employment lawyers.
Superb rating - 10 out of 10.
Superb rating from 2014 to present
Certificate of Achievement
City of Lancaster
Excellent advocacy resulting in $1,820,000 employment law settlement.
Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 173249
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Legal Answers
1 Questions Answered
Q. My doctor provided me documentation approving 3 days off per month for my medical condition. I went over that time
A: More information is needed to respond completely.

However, assuming this is a California, Private sector, non-union employer with at least 5 employees and that you have a bona disability, then they need to accommodate your disability reasonably. If you have documentation for 3 days of intermittent leave, then they need to honor that unless it would be very burdensome to do so. Based on what you wrote, it would be a violation of law to "cancel" it.

If you need additional time, then they need to honor that as well unless it would be a very burdensome to do so.

The employer does not actually need additional medical documentation to accommodate you since they can believe your own report of disability and needed accommodation. If they want medical documentation I would cooperate with them by getting a doctor's note. Generally, they cannot shift the cost of their own needed documentation to you, but I do not know enough to say that with certainty in your case.

There are other laws that may assist you, including the FMLA, sick leave statutes and workers compensation law. I have not addressed those here.
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Law Office of Richard Vaznaugh
505 Sansome St Ste 850
San Francisco, CA 94111
Telephone: (415) 593-0076
Fax: (415) 653-8935
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