Sometimes being an employee can be difficult and unrewarding. Jobs are a necessity to maintain a livelihood, and yet many employees feel trapped, with little control over their destinies. The boss can do whatever he or she wants, and there is nothing the employee can do about it. In at-will employment states like California, this even means that your employer could fire you without any reason or notice.
The important thing to remember is that even though it may feel as though your employer can do anything, you still have rights as an employee, and those rights must be respected. This is true for all employees, but especially those in California, where state laws work in tandem with federal laws to provide extensive protections for employees, ensuring that they have legal recourse if they suffer unlawful treatment.
Several things constitute unlawful behavior in the workplace, such as discrimination and sexual harassment, but many people are aware that such treatment is illegal. What fewer people know is that legal action can also be brought against employers who retaliate against employees, either by demoting or firing them. This means, for instance, that if you report illegal behavior to the authorities and your employer tries to punish you for speaking out by mistreating you at work, you could take legal action.
Most employees are not fully aware of the rights they have that protect them in the workplace. If you believe that you are the victim of illegal mistreatments, such as harassment, discrimination or retaliation, please visit our webpage to learn more about the legal assistance we can offer you. With our help, you will have a greater understanding of your rights, and you could even recover compensation for any mistreatment you may have suffered.