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Whether you work for a Fortune 500 company or a small business, or in the entertainment industry, there are laws by which your employer must abide. These laws protect your rights and ensure that all workers are treated fairly. Unfortunately, some employers value profits over people, and not all employees are aware of their rights. If you are part of a protected class and have faced discrimination or harassment in the workplace, a Los Angeles employee rights lawyer can help.

WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS AS AN EMPLOYEE IN LOS ANGELES?

The California Labor Code provides many protections for workers. You have the right to:

  • A physically safe working environment.
  • Not be sexually harassed or discriminated against.
  • Work in an environment where promotions are based on performance, not age, race, or sexual orientation.
  • Take any family or medical leave for which you are eligible.
  • Not be wrongfully terminated.
  • Be able to air grievances or report illegal activity without fear of retaliation.

If any of these rights were violated, you may be unsure of what to do next. You may fear losing your job or experiencing an uncomfortable or hostile work environment. An experienced Los Angeles employee rights lawyer can provide legal guidance and support during this time.

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WHAT DO I DO IF MY EMPLOYER HAS VIOLATED MY RIGHTS?

It can be challenging to know where to turn if you’re experiencing problems with your employer, and you may not know if a specific law pertains to your situation. Fortunately, there are resources available to help you.

First, you can contact your local Labor Commissioner’s Office. They can help you understand state- and industry-specific regulations and pursue any past wages that are due to you.

If your workplace has a safety or health issue, you should contact CAL/OSHA. This includes situations such as inadequate personal protective equipment, exposure to dangerous chemicals, and malfunctioning machinery.

Lastly, you should always consult with an employee rights attorney, even if contacting a state agency doesn’t seem appropriate. If you have faced discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, a Los Angeles employee rights lawyer can help with your case—even if you haven’t reported the incident yet.

EXAMPLES OF EMPLOYEE RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN LOS ANGELES

While this list is by no means exhaustive, here are some examples of employee rights violations that can occur in Los Angeles:

  • Lunch break (“meal period”) violations
    • Not paying an employee for meal breaks when they are required to remain “on duty”
    • Requiring employees to remain onsite without having a designated break area (construction, drilling, logging, and mining industries are exempt)
  • Retaliation
    • Firing, demoting, or cutting pay when employees engage in whistleblowing or report harassment
  • Discrimination
    • Mistreating an employee because of sexual orientation, age, race, or another protected class
  • Not offering lactation accommodation for breastfeeding mothers
  • Not following child labor laws, including employing a minor without a work permit
  • Unpaid wages
    • Requiring employees to work “off the clock,” not paying the minimum wage, or not paying adequate overtime pay

If you’ve experienced an employee rights violation, a lawyer can help.

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HOW CAN A LOS ANGELES EMPLOYEE RIGHTS LAWYER HELP?

California Labor Code protects workers in Los Angeles and throughout the state. A Los Angeles employee rights lawyer can ensure that employers are held accountable for any infractions.

Employees are often afraid to speak out or may even be threatened by supervisors against doing so. Certain workers in agriculture or the film and entertainment industries may be especially vulnerable. However, the law is on your side. You may not be the only employee who was mistreated, so do not hesitate to contact an attorney for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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After experiencing any type of harassment or discrimination in the workplace, it’s difficult to know where to turn and who you can trust. At the Malk Law Firm, we have successfully represented employees against large and small companies (all over California and Washington) in various labor and employment-related lawsuits.

Trust our team to fight for your rights in the workplace. Our employee rights lawyer is available for a consultation to discuss your options. Please reach out today to tell us about your case.

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