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Division of Labor Standards Enforcement


Division of Labor Standards Enforcement

California State Department of Industrial Relations

Investigates complaints about suspected violations of state laws regarding labor standards.


Mission is enforce minimum labor standards in order to ensure employees are not required or permitted to work under substandard unlawful conditions, and to protect employers who comply with the law from those who attempt to gain competitive advantage at the expense of their workers by failing to comply with minimum labor standards. Investigates complaints about suspected violations of state laws regarding labor standards. Claims for back wages due from an employer or former employer may be filed. Enforces the state's child labor, equal pay, minimum wage and overtime, and farm labor contractor laws as well as the laws that require employers to provide workers' compensation insurance. Also issues theatrical permits for minors working in the entertainment industry. Reports of suspected violations of any of these laws will be investigated. Investigates complaints alleging retaliation in the workplace. Investigates and enforces payment of appropriate prevailing wage in public work projects. Processes licensing and registration for farm labor contractors, garmet manufacturers, car washs, talent agents, industrial homeworkers, subminimum wage and sheltered workshops, studio teachers and door-to-door sales by minors.


Public Transit:

VTA, Light Rail stop within 2 blocks.
100 Paseo de San Antonio, Room 120, San Jose, CA 95113 37.3332469 -121.8867903 Government

Service Options

Languages Spoken:

  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Accessibility Options:

  • Wheelchair





California workers receiving less than the hourly minimum wage and other California workers employed under conditions in violation of the applicable laws. Employers wishing to operate in compliance with state labor laws offered information and assistance



How to Apply:

Call, write or visit Web site to obtain a claim form. Applicants are advised to file forms in person so an intake officer can assist with the completion of the form in order to avoid processing delays.

Service Wait Estimate:

Varies depending on the nature of the service requested.

Service Areas:

  • Atherton
  • Belmont
  • Burlingame
  • East Palo Alto
  • Foster City
  • Half Moon Bay
  • Hillsborough
  • Menlo Park
  • Millbrae
  • Monterey County
  • Portola Valley
  • Redwood City
  • San Benito County
  • San Bruno
  • San Carlos
  • San Mateo
  • San Mateo County
  • Santa Clara County
  • Santa Cruz County
  • Woodside