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Workers Rights Class Action Lawyers

Certification as a class can enable litigation to proceed more expeditiously and cost-effectively, particularly in cases against large corporations. Because they lower the cost of legal claims, class actions may provide the only means for some plaintiffs to pursue their cases.

Workers Rights Class Action Lawsuits Come In Many Forms

California is known for having some of the most robust worker protection laws in the United States, offering comprehensive rights and benefits to employees. These laws cover a wide range of employment aspects, from wages and hours to safety and discrimination protections. Here’s an overview of key components of California’s workers’ rights laws:

1. Minimum Wage and Overtime

  • Minimum Wage: California sets a state minimum wage that is higher than the federal minimum wage, with annual increases planned until it reaches a specified amount. Some cities and counties have even higher minimum wages.
  • Overtime: Employees are entitled to overtime pay (1.5 times the regular rate) for hours worked over 8 in a day or 40 in a week, and double time for hours worked over 12 in a day.

2. Workplace Safety and Health

  • Cal/OSHA: The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets and enforces safety standards to provide a safe and healthful working environment for Californian workers. Employers are required to have an effective written injury and illness prevention program.

3. Leave Rights

  • Paid Sick Leave: Employees are entitled to paid sick leave.
  • Family Leave: California provides more expansive family and medical leave rights than federal law, including paid family leave for bonding with a new child or caring for a seriously ill family member, under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA).
  • Other Leaves: Additional leave laws cover situations such as jury duty, voting, school activities, military service, and domestic violence recovery.

4. Discrimination and Harassment Protections

  • Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA): Prohibits employment discrimination and harassment on the basis of protected characteristics such as race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status.

5. Workers’ Compensation

  • Coverage: California requires employers to have workers’ compensation insurance to cover employees who get injured or sick because of work. This provides benefits such as medical care, temporary and permanent disability benefits, supplemental job displacement benefits, and death benefits.

6. Privacy Rights

  • Protection of Personal Information: Employers are limited in how they can use and disclose employee personal information. Employees have rights regarding the privacy of personal data and electronic communications in the workplace.

7. Wage and Hour Laws

  • Meal and Rest Breaks: California law requires employers to provide meal breaks and rest periods during the workday under specific conditions.
  • Final Paychecks: Employees are entitled to receive their final paycheck within specific time frames after termination or resignation.

8. Misclassification Protections

  • AB 5 and the “ABC” Test: California has specific laws, including AB 5, that apply the “ABC” test to determine if workers are employees or independent contractors, offering protections against misclassification.

9. Anti-Retaliation Protections

  • Protection Against Retaliation: California law protects workers from retaliation by employers for exercising their rights under labor and employment laws.

These laws reflect California’s commitment to protecting the rights and well-being of workers across the state. Employers in California must navigate a complex landscape of regulations to ensure compliance and provide fair treatment to their employees.

Our Approach

Our Practices are Guided by Integrity. We’ll protect what you deserve.

We work tirelessly and fight tenaciously to hold rights abusers accountable.

If you’ve experienced a distressing incident related to an issue like this, call us for a free case evaluation.

Did You Know?

Workplace Safety and Health
CCal/OSHA, requires employers to provide a safe and healthy work environment for their employees, including implementing specific safety practices and reporting work-related injuries and illnesses.
Wage and Hour Laws
California's Wage and Hour Laws establish minimum standards for wages, overtime pay, working hours, and breaks, ensuring fair compensation and working conditions for employees.

Is It Illegal, or Just Unfair?

Legal cases can be lengthy, complicated, and confusing, but you don’t have to take on the system all by yourself. If you believe someone has violated your individual rights, or the rights of a large group of people in your community, we can help you find the right course of action.

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