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The Fair Labor Standards Act protects your rights as an employee

When you go to work, you deserve to feel like you are respected. The state helps protect you and encourages inclusion through the use of laws that prevent employers from retaliating or penalizing you in various situations. There are dozens of laws on the books today.

California has a variety of laws that are there to help prevent retaliation and discrimination in the workplace that you can learn about over time, but only a few impact your daily life. Here are just three that help protect the rights of employees in the state.

Labor Code section 230(a)

Labor Code section 230(a) is a section of law that prohibits employers from discharging or retaliating against employees who have to take time off for the purposes of jury duty. The employee must give reasonable notice that he or she has to participate in jury duty to be protected by this section of the law, but if he or she does, then the employer has no choice but to allow the time off.

Labor Code section 230.3

Important for volunteer firefighters, emergency rescue personnel and reserve police officers, Labor Code section 230.3 protects employees who work at a business with 50 or more employees from being retaliated or discriminated against because of taking off time to engage in training. Employees have a right to 14 days each year for training.

Labor Code section 230.8

If you're a parent, stepparent, foster parent, grandparent or guardian of a child and work for an employer with 25 or more employees, then you can take time off work to participate in your child's school events or to respond to school emergencies. You are also entitled to take time off to enroll the child with a child care provider or in a new school. You are able to take off eight hours a month for these purposes but may not take more than 40 hours each year.

These are just a few of the protections you have as an employee in California. It's a good idea to review them, so you understand the rights you have when you go to your job. If your rights are then violated, you'll know and be able to take steps to seek a remedy.

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