Laws That Protect You at Work



There are laws in California that have been put in place to help protect people at work. If you are on the receiving end of unfair treatment you’re not on your own. The fact is that the law can help to protect you from treatment such as this. Below, you can find some details of some laws that can protect you at work. 

Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 

This law has been put in place to help end discrimination during the hiring process. The law itself is only relevant to employers who have at least 15 employees. The law means that when a business is looking to hire someone it cannot discriminate against:

  • Color
  • National origin
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Religion

One of the good things about this law is it can also help others. It can help protect people applying for a job in California with a company that has 5 or more employees.

Age Discrimination in Employment Act 

Also known as the ADEA, this act exists to support those over the age of 40. the ADEA brings this law into place in workplaces that have at least 20 employees. 

The law works to make sure that younger workers don’t receive preferential treatment. It also means they cannot only employ younger applicants. Discriminating against an applicant because of their age is illegal. 

Family and Medical Leave Act 

This act ensures that employees can take up to 12 weeks off work. The act only holds weight if the employee has qualified medical reasons. Some of the reasons include the birth of a child, placing a child into foster care or adopting a child; being unable to work due to a health condition, or caring for a family member. 

Americans With Disabilities Act 

This act is also known as the ADA. The act states that employers cannot discriminate against those who have a disability. However, it only states that they cannot be discriminated against if they can:

  • Perform some of the job’s major functions
  • Can perform the above functions with or without any reasonable accommodations

Those who refuse to hire a person because of their disability could be breaking the law. It is an individual’s ability and qualifications that matter. 

Fair Labor Standards Act 

The Fair Labor Standards Act ensures that minimum wage and overtime requirements are provided. It also ensures that the length of a workday is regulated. What this means is that employees must be paid at least the minimum wage. Employees must also be paid overtime if they work more than 8 hours.

If you are about to go into the workforce for the first time, knowing the above laws exist can prove to be helpful. They are not the only workplace laws, however, they are some of the most important. Employers know they could be in trouble if they break the laws. Workers can also feel confident knowing that the law is on their side. Should any employers break any of the above laws, they could be taken to court. 


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