Employee Rights In Southern California
Understanding Your Workplace Rights
As a firm exclusively dedicated to protecting the rights of employees, Diefer Law Group, P.C., knows that employees require a clear understanding of their rights in the workplace and the ways in which they can exercise those rights. Given numerous factors, gaining a solid grasp on employee rights can be a less straightforward endeavor than it may at first appear.
The following factors may impact your rights as an employee:
- State and federal laws in place
- Obscure legal terms
- Ever-changing legislation inherent to employment law matters
With the assistance, personal attention and step-by-step guidance provided by a Southern California employment lawyer at Diefer Law Group, you can gain a clear understanding of your rights and options at all times. As we are intent on fully educating our clients about their employee rights and clarifying complicated information, our legal team has chosen to compile some of the most essential rights you have in the workplace.
Your Right To Fair Treatment
One of the most essential rights you possess as an applicant, a current employee or a former employee is your right to fair treatment. Numerous state and federal laws require employers to treat workers fairly. You are protected from discrimination and harassment for certain circumstances.
Discrimination is not allowed for any of the following reasons:
- Ancestry, race, color and national origin
- Sex, including pregnancy and childbirth
- Gender, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation
- Age (40 or older)
- Marital and family status
- Mental or physical disability and medical condition, including AIDS and HIV
Your right to be treated fairly in the workplace also protects you from sexual harassment and any otherwise unwanted conduct that can affect your work performance and/or create an intimidating, offensive or hostile work environment. When you voice complaints about discrimination or engage in protected activities such as taking leave or voting, you are safeguarded against employer retaliation, which refers to any adverse employment action.
Your Right To Speak Out
Various state and federal laws are in place to protect your right to voice concerns or to raise complaints. You have the right to speak out against discrimination and harassment, as well as any misconduct or otherwise unlawful acts committed by your employer. Under federal whistleblower protection laws, you can also safely speak out knowing that your rights and confidentiality will be protected.
Your Right To Fair Pay And Time Off
Your right to fair pay and time off work is certainly one of the most amazing rights American workers possess. These rights can include your employee benefits, your right to meal and rest periods, and your right to be paid a fair wage and any overtime that applies. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), you also have the right to unpaid, job-protected leave for qualified reasons such as pregnancy, illness and other circumstances.
Work Closely With A Southern California Employment Attorney
At Diefer Law Group, P.C., our clients always come first. In order to help them protect and assert their rights, we make sure to help you understand each of the employee rights you possess and how they can be applied to a specific situation. While we strive to resolve cases and secure positive results and/or fair compensation, we also know that we owe it to you to educate you so that they are equipped with the information and tools to handle such matters in the future.
If you would like to learn more about your employee rights, please contact a Southern California employment lawyer from Diefer Law Group today.