Legal Resources & Referrals

Legal Resources & Referrals


Department of Fair Employment and Housing – State agency for complaints of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on race, national origin, ancestry, color, language, gender, sexual orientation, disability of medication condition, pregnancy, religion, family status, veteran status.  Remember that complaint must be made within one year of incident(s).

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing discrimination complaints

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Federal agency for making complaints about discrimination based on race, national origin, gender, sex, disability, religion.  In California, deadline is 300 days to file a complaint. May be as short as 180 days in other states.

Division of Labor Standards Enforcement – for complaints of unpaid wages, overtime, missed breaks, retaliation for complaining about wages or working conditions, etc. Wage complaints must be made within 3 years. Retaliation complaints must be made within six months.

Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center – Information on Workers Rights – free clinics for consultations and possible representation, many fact sheets on workers rights.

East Bay Community Law Center (information about tenants and workers rights, free clinics)

Centro Legal de la Raza, in Oakland (information about immigrant, tenants and workers rights, free clinics)

La Raza Centro Legal (information about immigrant, tenants and workers rights, free clinics)

Instituto Laboral de la Raza (information about workers rights, free clinics)

Causa Justa / Just Cause free tenant counseling and case management for low-income residents of Oakland and San Francisco

San Francisco Tenants Union – – drop in tenant counseling clinic and lawyer referrals for San Francisco residents

Eviction Defense Collaborative – – emergency legal services and rental assistance for San Francisco tenants facing eviction

Tenants Together Statewide renters’ rights organization


International Institute of the Bay Area (information, free clinics, and representation in matters of immigration)

La Raza Centro Legal (information about immigrant, tenants and workers rights, free clinics)

UC Davis Immigration Clinic

Stanford Immigration Clinic

Community Law Center in Santa Clara


National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area Chapter – (Resources available on knowing your rights when dealing with police)

National Lawyers Guild national organization

Electronic Frontier Foundation – (Information on electronic privacy rights)

American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California


California State Bar information regarding Wills, Living Trusts, and Estate Planning,
Department of Justice information on End of Life Care Planning:
AARP link on planning for retirement:


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: – Get assistance on planning for retirement, paying for college, owning a home; and submit a complaint on loan related issues or bank products and services.
Federal Trade Commission: – report fraud identity theft, unfair business practice