California employment law and that of the United States give workers rights and obligations that must be respected by employers. If not, they could face lawsuits from their workers.
In addition to protecting employees, these laws protect anyone in the working world, whether as an applicant for a job, a former employee, or an independent contractor. Fortunately, they also protect migrants regardless of their status.
It is essential that anyone in the working world, whether employee or employer, is aware of the protected rights to make sure they are not violated.
Mainly, you must know that you have the right to have your privacy respected at all times so that your belongings, as well as personal calls or messages, cannot be violated. Please note that this does not include business emails or the use of your employer’s network.
You have the right to a safe workplace, free from threats to your health or integrity, at all times. Therefore, any act of discrimination, harassment, retaliation to informants, or workplace bullying is strictly prohibited by California law. Similarly, it is forbidden to put the life and health of workers at risk by forcing them to carry out dangerous activities such as working without breaks, exposing them to toxic chemicals without the proper equipment, or operating machinery without prior training or protective gear.
In the event of an accident, your employer must be held responsible for the expenses incurred as they must provide you with health insurance, or they may also be sued.
Finally, cases in which you request leave to care for a sick relative, disability due to pregnancy or illness, and even paternity leave are also protected.
Whatever your employment law case or if you are being mistreated, do not hesitate to ask for support from our attorneys.