What rights do you have as an employee in California?

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Posted by Legal Team On January 26, 2015

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.

For example, as this article on employee rights in California explains, employers are generally not permitted to pay less than minimum wage. They are usually required to accommodate disabilities and they are also expected to provide workers’ compensation insurance and time off when required for pregnancy or illness.

Of course, there are some exceptions to these rules so it is vital to be aware of your individual rights. An attorney may be able to help you with this and determine whether your employer is in breach of them. Your rights even extend to the interview process. Certain questions are generally not permitted during interviews, such as queries about your faith, sexuality or age.

Discrimination in the workplace is also not permitted and should be reported as soon as possible. This could take the form of age, sex, race or even disability discrimination, not to mention sexual harassment. Standing up to those responsible can be extremely difficult. However, it may help you have a more comfortable future in your job as well as protecting future employee from the same mistreatment.

If you have any questions about your rights, reviewing employment law information could prove useful. Your attorney may also be able to advise you on the course of action that might be most useful for you to take.