August 23, 2022
# 1 Don’t be silent and collect documentation
Employers are often willing to correct a violation. Even if this is not the case, keep in mind that you are protected by law from the repercussions that could arise when you express your concerns. Collect emails, faxes, text messages, or other evidence relevant to you.
# 2 Talk to your employer
It is often best to approach your supervisor or the human resources department after taking a breather (staying calm is important). Clearly state the problem you are having and submit supporting documentation. Not only will this give you a better chance to resolve the issue with your employer, but you will have a stronger case if legal action is necessary. Make sure you speak to the right people within your organization.
# 3 Document all efforts to communicate with your employer / HR.
Keep track of a timeline of events and issues. Save all emails, text messages, voice messages, or any other communication with the company.
# 4 File a claim with federal or state agencies
If you have made reasonable attempts to notify your employer and the problems are continuing, or you have not found workable solutions, you may want to consider filing a claim. In case of discrimination problems, you can approach the California Department of Housing and Fair Employment or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
For issues including wages and hours, you can file a complaint with the California Labor Commissioner. If your case involves safety issues, you can approach the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration or Cal Osha.
# 5 Contact an experienced employment attorney.
We know this can be a difficult process. If you need help navigating any of these situations, Para Los Trabajadores is here to help.