Employee Rights

Employee Rights

California employees have rights! A significant benefit of living and working in the Golden State is that, as a California employee, you have substantial employee rights. California and federal law contain wide-ranging protections and remedies for employees who have suffered from workplace discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination or other wrongful workplace actions.

California’s omnibus anti-discrimination statute, the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), along with certain federal statutes (including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Rehabilitation Act) forbid an employer from discriminating or harassing employees on the basis of a number of protected status categories. It is illegal to discriminate or harass an employee on the basis of that employee’s age (40+), disability, race/color, national origin/ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, or medical condition (cancer), or because the employee is perceived to have such a status, or is associated with someone with such characteristics.

If you believe you are being harassed or discriminated against because you fall into any one of the above-categories, sometimes called protected classes, you should contact an attorney to learn more about your rights and remedies. Call the Law Offices of Matthew G. English today to ask about a free initial consultation to discuss your potential claims.

The California Labor Code provides remedies for employees whose employers have failed to pay earned wages, or to properly compensate them for all hours worked, including payment overtime for non-exempt employees, among other significant protections. For more information, see our Wage & Hour page, or call our offices to discuss your claims or make an appointment for a free initial consultation.

The federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and California’s Family Rights Act were enacted to provide qualifying employees of larger employers with protections for time off from work to care for themselves or a close family member suffering from serious health conditions.

These are only a few examples of the many laws in California enacted and intended to ensure that California workers have a fair opportunity to earn a living in our state. The Law Offices of Matthew G. English represents employees in these matters and in other related employment law claims. We represent executives and manual laborers alike, administrative support staff, production workers and professionals, and all job categories in between. If you believe you have been the victim of workplace harassment or discrimination, or were wrongfully terminated, or have otherwise been subject to an unlawful action related to your employment, consider contacting the Law Offices of Matthew G. English. There is no charge for an initial office consultation.

For more information for federal employees, see our Federal Employee Rights Page.