What Employment Rights do California Workers Have?

As an employee in California, you have a variety of rights that are designed to specifically protect the working population under the California Occupational Safety and Health Act. Here’s a brief overview of some of your rights:

  • You have the right to be trained by your employer about workplace hazards and workers’ rights.
  • You have the right to request action from your employer to correct any hazards or violations.
  • Your employer may not employ you to work more than five hours per day without providing you a thirty minute meal period, unless the total work period per day is no more than six hours. However, in this case, the meal period can only be waived by mutual consent of the employer and employee.
  • Almost all California employers must pay their employees minimum wage as required by state law. As of January 1, 2008, the minimum wage in California is $8.00 per hour.
  • Every California employer using employee labor must purchase Workers’ Compensation Insurance.  This is established in Labor Code Section 3700.

If for any reason your rights have been violated and as a result you’ve been wrongly terminated by your employer, please contact us right away. There may be numerous reasons why your employer cannot fire you.  Talk to an experienced California wrongful termination attorney at Callanan, Rogers & Dzida, LLP. We are your Los Angeles employment law experts!

Posted: 03/30/11 Joseph Dzida

Categories: CRD Employment