For people in all walks of life, the restaurant industry offers excellent employment opportunities. It gives employees the opportunity to interact with customers, learn about service, and earn a substantial living. While the restaurant industry can sometimes be demanding and difficult, it should never been inhumane. In the state of California, restaurant workers have rights.
WHAT ARE RESTAURANT WORKER’S RIGHTS?
As a worker in California, your rights are protected and enforced by the California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). This division is responsible for investigating and resolving complaints and issues about discrimination, wages, hours, working conditions, and more. Whether documented or undocumented, you are protected by state laws. Here are a few of the rights you are promised:
- Minimum Wage. Restaurant workers are to be paid no less than the legal minimum wage, whether measured by time, commission, piece rate, or some other method of calculation. With some minor exceptions, all wages earned are due at a minimum of twice each calendar month.
- Rest Period. Restaurant workers are permitted a net 10-minute rest period for every four hours worked. If you do not receive a rest period, your employer is required to pay an additional hour of pay at your regular rate.
- Meal Period. If you work more than five hours, you are entitled to a 30 minute meal period in which you shall be relieved of all work duties and obligations. If you do not receive a meal period, your employer is required to pay an additional hour of pay at your regular rate.
- Workers’ Comp. If you are hurt or injured on the job, your employer is required to provide you with appropriate medical care.
- Proper Tools and Supplies. You should be provided with the uniforms, supplies, and tools necessary to complete your job duties. If you are required to use your own vehicle for work responsibilities, your employer is required to reimburse all related expenses.
- More. As a restaurant worker in California, you have dozens of other rights and freedoms. For more information on your rights as an employee, contact a lawyer.
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