Employees know that the workplace can be a difficult place to be. While employers are supposed to provide a healthy environment for people to work in, that's not always the case. Sometimes, people face harassment or discrimination, which makes it hard to focus on their jobs.
As an employee, you have a series of rights. When you're hired, you're not your employer's slave. You're protected by the law in many ways to prevent harassment, discrimination and other problems on the job.
Wrongful terminations are not as uncommon as you may think, and that's why you need to protect yourself. As someone who has been terminated from your position, you may be concerned that you were terminated in a manner that was against the law. Your reasoning is that you recently reported harassment at work, and now you suddenly are out of the job.
No matter who you are or what you do, you have rights as an employee in California. Not every state is the same when it comes to employee rights and state requirements, so it's important to know the rights you're given living in California.
Workplace retaliation is a serious problem. When people have a problem at work, they need to be able to tell their supervisors, the human resources department or other agencies without the risk of that coming back to hurt them. People should retain the right to make sure they're being treated fairly and can report harassment or other issues without losing their jobs.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employers from discriminating against people of certain backgrounds. This includes those with disabilities along with others.
If you file for unemployment, it's possible that your employer could refute your claim. If he or she contests it, there's a chance that you could be disqualified from receiving it.
You got hurt on the job and expected your employer to help you get the compensation you deserved through workers' compensation. Just a little while after your accident, you are told that workers' compensation has denied your claim. Now, you think you might be out of luck, but the truth is that there are some things you can do.
There are times when you may not be working but still have to be paid. Under federal law, your employer may be required to pay you for your time if you are on-call, traveling for business or even sleeping while at the workplace.
Discrimination violates your civil rights in California. The Ralph Civil Rights Act states that it is illegal for anyone to be violent toward or to threaten to be violent toward a person because of his or her national origin, age, sex, marital status, gender identity, political affiliation and sexual orientation. The act also protects other people, and this list is not all-inclusive.