In California, there are state and federal statutes, codes, regulations, constitutions, and other laws that give employee’s rights in the workplace. However, employee’s rights are limited, and an employee should always verify if a right exists before they attempt to assert a right in the workplace. The best way to find out if you have a certain legal right in the workplace is to speak to an attorney. Always try to speak to an attorney, if possible, before asserting a legal right in the workplace. An attorney can help you develop a strategy to assert your rights, so you will have some protection from possible retaliation. Some laws in California, Los Angeles make it illegal to terminate an employee for certain reasons, others create legal duties for employers related to how they must maintain their workplace, others create legal duties requiring an employer to facilitate an employee in exercising certain rights, and still others require employers to refrain from certain acts or conduct. Furthermore, it is likely that an employee is legally protected from termination or retaliation if they complain about denial of a right that is contained in a statute or regulation, which is meant to serve a public interest. For example, laws requiring that employers reasonably accommodate disabled employee’s, if it does not cause the employer undue hardship, promotes a public interest by protecting disabled persons from discrimination so they can work and support themselves. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement are all government entities that protect employee rights. Below are links to websites of government entities, which provide information about some employee rights in Los Angeles, California.
Department of Fair Employment and Housing
For Information about your rights under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, go to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s website: http://www.dfeh.ca.gov
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
For Information about your employee rights under federal law like Title VII, go to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) website: http://eeoc.gov
California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement