Businesses do wrong by their employees a lot. And they often get away with it. This is because many employees feel like it is easier to throw up their hands than it is to stand up to aggressive bosses who are backed up by expensive lawyers. This is unfortunate, as there are many federal and California state employment laws that are designed to protect employees. This is why if you feel you have been wronged by your employer, you should contact Moss Bollinger. For years, we have fought against big businesses to protect the rights of employees.
What Laws Protect Employees?
You may be wondering what sorts of wrongs are covered by the law. In brief, they include:
- Improper Termination of Employment. In California, employees are hired on an "at will" basis. This means that they may be fired without notice and without cause. Despite this, employers are legally prohibited from firing an employee out of retaliation, based on discrimination, or in violation of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
- Harassment and Discrimination. Under state and federal laws, employers are prohibited from making any employment based decisions that discriminate against protected classes of individuals. Harassment and retaliation against these protected individuals are also violations of state and federal laws.
- Minimum Wage and Overtime. California companies are legally required to pay the California minimum wage, since it is higher than the federal minimum wage. In addition, employers are legally obligated to pay any "non-exempt" employee overtime if they work more than eight hours in a day, or double overtime pay for over twelve hours of work in a day.
- Worker's Compensation and Office Safety. Companies are required to maintain safe workplaces for their employees and to carry insurance policies to cover employees' job related injuries. Failure to offer a workplace free of hazards or failure to carry insurance can open the company up to significant liability.
- Sick Time and Leave. Employees have a legal right to earn paid sick leave, to paid short term disability, and to receive unpaid leave from their employer. This protected, unpaid leave may be for military service, maternity leave, FMLA, and even domestic violence leave.
Call Moss Bollinger
Your employer has an attorney, so should you. If you have been wronged or denied your rights as an employee, contact us today so we can evaluate your claim. Moss Bollinger has been actively helping employees fight for their legal rights against their employers and may be able to help you too. We work on a contingency basis and do not get paid unless you do. Call Moss Bollinger today at 800-249-1175 for a free consultation or reach us online.