Knowing your rights as an employee is an important part of getting the most out of your working life. Unfortunately, all too many workers in California do not know the full extent of their entitlements and their employer's obligations toward them. This can often result in serious breaches of employee rights that go unreported for prolonged periods, if not indefinitely. The affected workers can then end up feeling helpless to improve their situation, not realizing that there is legal protection to support them.
As an employee, it is helpful to know the rules surrounding your working hours and the minimum amount you should be paid for your time. You should also be free from harassment and discrimination at work, and you should be protected from safety hazards and trained to deal with them wherever possible. If a problem arises, you also have the right to report it without fear of being fired. If you become the victim of wrongful termination or any other breach of your employee rights, you may be able to claim compensation.
If you suspect that your rights as an employee have been breached in any way, you may still feel uncertain about how to proceed. However, you deserve to be treated fairly and in accordance with the law. Do not be afraid to stand up to an employer or colleague whose actions have prevented you from exercising your rights, or have caused you to feel uncomfortable at work
Our page on employment law has further information on the steps you can take to improve your situation. Meanwhile, an attorney may be able to provide advice and guidance specific to your situation. He or she may also be able to support you through the process of filing your claim and pursuing the compensation and fair treatment you deserve.