Bethany A. Vasquez


San Francisco

(415) 593-9621

(415) 644-0978

Bethany provides advice and counsel on a broad spectrum of employment law issues including: contingent workforce issues, employee relations, performance management, leaves of absence and accommodations, wage and hour, internal investigations and compensation. She also has defended management in employment litigation matters involving claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract and other employment claims. She has represented employers before administrative agencies including the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

Prior to joining the firm, Bethany was employment counsel at Lyft Inc. and practiced employment law at other firms in San Francisco, including her own law firm. While at Lyft Inc., she developed formalized leave of absence and accommodation practice, policy, and process. She also developed and conducted training and education programs for employees, managers, and the people team. As in-house counsel, Bethany gained insight regarding in-house legal teams’ need to collaborate with cross-functional stakeholders and manage projects with a team-oriented approach. She has also conducted audits, classification reviews and supported other compliance efforts. Bethany has first-hand experience of the challenges faced by in-house teams in both established and startup technology businesses.

Bethany earned her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Oregon University. Bethany earned her law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School.


How Do You Require Customers to Wear Masks Without Endangering Employees?

August 04, 2020

Michele Miller and Bethany Vasquez spoke with SHRM about how businesses that ask customers to wear face masks walk a fine line between complying with mask mandates and putting employees at risk if customers refuse and respond violently.

Cozen O’Connor Grows California Labor and Employment Practice with the Addition of Litigator Bethany A. Vasquez to its San Francisco Office

May 21, 2020

Bethany previously served as employment counsel at San Francisco-based ride-sharing company Lyft Inc., joins as a member, and will work out of its San Francisco office.


A Revised Post-Coronavirus Return to Work Checklist [Alert]

June 07, 2021

In light of recent guidance issued by the Center for Disease Control and the EEOC, we have updated our Return to Work Checklist.

California’s Large Employers to Provide COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Following Newsom’s Signature [Alert]

September 15, 2020

Bethany Vasquez, Elena Hillman, and Austin Dieter discuss Assembly Bill 1867, requiring large employers to provide COVID-19 related supplemental paid sick leave to their California employees.

Employer Back to School Guide

August 06, 2020

David Barron, David Hackett, Nandini Sane, and Bethany Vasquez designed an FAQ to address concerns that employers have regarding COVID-19 and the Fall semester.

COVID-19 FAQs For California Employers

July 01, 2020

Michele Ballard Miller, Walter Stella, Elena Hillman, and Austin Dieter designed an FAQ that California Employers have regarding COVID-19.

Practice Areas


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2000
  • University of Oregon, B.A., summa cum laude, 1997

Awards & Honors

California Super Lawyers, Northern California Rising Star, 2010

  • California
  • California Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of California