All workers in the United States have the right to a safe working environment. This right is in place regardless of whether you work in a corporate office or on a construction site. As an employee, you also have the right to speak up if you believe certain conditions in the workplace pose a danger to yourself or others.
If you have had your employment terminated in the state of California after you raised concerns about safety, your termination might be interpreted as a form of retaliation. It is, therefore, important that you consider the circumstances around your employment termination carefully. It is also important to learn whether you acted within your rights.
What rights do I have if a safety inspection takes place at work?
If an inspection is being conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), you have the right to talk with the inspector in private. The conversation that you have with the inspector will be confidential.
What safety responsibilities does my employer have?
Employers must do what is reasonably necessary in order to ensure that the workplace is safe. This includes examining workplace conditions, installing hazard signs and providing adequate safety training.
Am I protected from workplace retaliation?
Workers are protected from retaliation regardless if their employment is at-will or not. An employer does not need to give a reason for a dismissal, but they cannot legally dismiss an employee for exercising their right in requesting a safe working environment.
If you have been fired at work after exercising your right to a safe workplace, you may want to consider taking legal action.