Both California and federal employment laws govern the employer-employee relationship. When your employer violates any of these laws, you have the right to seek legal justice, often in the form of compensation. There are many nuances to these laws and the way in which they intersect, which is why you need an attorney on your side.
At Yoosefian Law Firm, P.C., we know the laws that protect workers in California and can help you understand your employee rights. Moreover, we know how to enforce your rights. When we take on a case, we are serious about getting the best outcome possible.
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How California Laws Protect Your Right To Work
California is a great place to work. In fact, it is one of the most employee-friendly states. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Equal Pay Act (EPA) are all examples of federal laws that protect employees across the nation. California has enacted many state laws that often increase the scope of these protections.
Here are just three ways in which California laws protect you:
- Protected classes: A protected class is a characteristic that employers cannot use to discriminate against you. Under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and federal laws, classes include race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability (including pregnancy), sexual orientation and identity, marital status, genetic information, AIDS/HIV, political activities/affiliations, military or veteran status, and status as a victim of domestic violence, assault or stalking.
- Minimum wage: Federal laws set a minimum wage of $7.25, effective July 24, 2009. California’s state minimum wage is higher, set at $10 as of Jan. 1, 2016. Some local governments have enacted an even higher minimum wage. You must be paid the highest minimum wage available in your city.
- Medical leave: The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows workers to take unpaid, job-protected time off up to 12 weeks to care for themselves or a loved one. The California Paid Family Leave (PFL) program provides up to six weeks of partially paid time in certain cases. Your employer cannot interfere with federal or state leave.
- Undocumented workers: Undocumented workers are afforded many protections under federal and state laws. For example, employers cannot pay undocumented workers less than the minimum wage, force them to work in substandard conditions or threaten to report them to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or other authorities.
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In many cases, people are being treated unfairly but are unaware of their rights. In other cases, people might be afraid to seek legal help for fear of losing their job. Do not let either of these situations stop you. We can explain your rights and help in situations involving threatened or actual retaliation.