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What rights do you have as an employee in California?

Everyone deserves to be treated fairly, both at work and in their day-to-day lives. Unfortunately, as many people in California know, this doesn't always happen. While there are some issues that are not covered by law, meaning that your working conditions may not always be as favorable as you might like, there are still many areas that are covered by employment legislation. As such, it is vital to know your rights and see that they are upheld.

Termination is never easy and may not be just

Being terminated from a job is never easy. If you live in an “at-will” employment state such a California you must prove that you were terminated for an unlawful reason to receive compensation. The termination may be unfair but that doesn’t necessarily mean it was unlawful.

Your employer's sexual harassment responsibilities

We talk often about how California law protects employees from sexual harassment, but it is important to remember that not all responsibility to handle the harassment lies with the victim. While victims of sexual harassment can lodge a complaint and even file a lawsuit to be compensated for their suffering, employers also have a legal responsibility to combat sexual harassment. If an employer fails to perform any of these duties, especially if sexual harassment has been alleged by an employee, then that employer may also be liable.

Disabled individuals are protected from discrimination

For those fortunate people who do not suffer from any kind of disability, it is nearly impossible to fully understand the innumerable ways in which a disability complicates life. Not only are disabled individuals denied many of the pleasures that others can enjoy, disabled individuals also often have a harder time working. Many disabled individuals fear that they will not be able to get a job doing what they love, or that even if they do get that job, they will be treated differently by their employers and co-workers.

California workplace discrimination statistics

One of the most fundamental and important employee rights is the right to a workplace in which you are treated fairly and allowed to do your work to the best of your ability. This means a workplace free from discrimination based on things like race, gender, disability and even age. Unfortunately, even though these types of discrimination are illegal, some employers fail to recognize that certain phrases or opinions might offend others. In some cases, employers may simply feel that they are above the law and are thus free to treat employees how they see fit.