Employees in the United States have a wide variety of legal rights under federal law. These rights, codified by specific federal laws, are not available to all employees, but they are available to many of them. Let’s briefly review three of the laws that grant employees specific rights:
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 grants specific employment rights and perspectives to employees who work at companies with at least 15 employees. Title VII protects employees from discrimination related to “race, color, religion, sex or national origin.”
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
This act gives disabled employees protections and prevents discrimination on the basis of a qualifying disability. Employers must provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities to help them do their jobs.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act applies to employees who are 40 or older. It prevents employees from being discriminated against on the basis of their age during hiring, firing, promotion and other activities.
Do you suspect that your employee rights are being violated at your workplace? Employees have many more rights and legal protections than those referenced above. Therefore, you might want to look deeper into the facts of your situation in the context of both federal law and California state law to determine your legal options. In some cases, employees who have had their employment rights violated can pursue financial claims for justice and restitution in court. An experienced California employment law attorney can provide valuable guidance.