Last week on our Long Beach / Los Angeles employment law blog we had mentioned that employers in California are prohibited from retaliating against workers who report or file complaints about unsafe work conditions. Employees have a right to work in an environment that will not jeopardize their physical and mental well-being, and employees should be able to report concerns without being harassed or fired for doing so.
Two former employees and one current employee of a school in Whittier recently filed a lawsuit against the school, its principal and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The plaintiffs claim that they were retaliated against in the workplace for trying to protect the school's students and that they were also forced to work in an environment that made them feel unsafe.
No employee in Los Angeles should be forced to work in an environment that is dangerous due to an employer's refusal to implement changes that could make the workplace safer and more tolerable for its employees. Employers throughout the entire country have a responsibility to protect workers' rights, which means employers also have a responsibility to create and maintain safe workplaces.
Our Los Angeles employment law blog has mainly covered topics regarding harassment, discrimination and wage and hour violations in the workplace. But California employers are also responsible for keeping their workers safe from common hazards in the workplace.