What should employees know about labor laws?

California residents who work in Hayward and its surrounding areas can benefit from knowing how labor law works. Employees are protected by various regulations. It’s helpful to have this information in case of a hostile working environment or unfair practices by employers.

You have the right to work free of discrimination

As part of anti-discrimination laws, diversity and inclusion in the workplace are encouraged. Discrimination is illegal against employees and applicants based on their race, color, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, age, and more. People have certain protections per the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other anti-discrimination laws.

Workers who have disabilities are also entitled to reasonable accommodations by their employers to ensure that they are able to perform their jobs.

You have the right to fair pay

Per the Fair Labor Standards Act, most employees are required to receive at least the federal minimum wage. Employers must pay everyone the same regardless of diversity and inclusion.

Women are entitled to fair pay per the Equal Pay Act.

You have the right to work in a safe and healthy environment

The Occupational Safety and Health Act exists to ensure that all workers are able to remain safe and healthy while in their working environment. Employers are required to keep hazards out of the workplace to prevent employees from getting injured or ill while they work.

The Family and Medical Leave Act is a law that allows employees to take time off for a serious personal medical issue or to care for a sick family member who has a serious medical issue.

Employees who have been laid off or terminated also have access to COBRA, which allows them to continue using the health insurance they got from their jobs for a period of time.

While these laws exist to protect employees, some employers still violate them. If this situation personally affects you, fight back to protect your rights.

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