Leaves and Time Off From Work

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

Ask questions and get answers, in real time, right here on the Internet, from live law librarians throughout California.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

The purpose of this Email Hotline is for WomensLaw to provide basic legal information, referrals, and emotional support.

ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.

The general rule in California is that employees are considered to employed "at will," meaning that they may be fired at any time by their employers, for any reason or for no reason at all. However, there are important exceptions to the "at will" rule.

How you should be classified and your rights.

Employers may not discriminate with respect to hiring, firing, compensation, or virtually any other aspect of employment.

CFRA secures rights for family care, child bonding, and medical absence.

There are new requirements for employees to have paid sick leave.

Locate the office by looking at the list of offices or using the alphabetical listing of cities, locations, and communities. Staff are available in person and by telephone.

If you are a domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking survivor, you may be entitled to paid time off work. The California Paid Family Leave Act provides employees who pay into the State Disability Insurance Program (SDI) with up to six weeks of partial pay each year to care for a child, parent, spouse or registered domestic partner with a serious health condition, whether mental or physical, caused or made worse by the abuse.

If the resources on this page do not address your needs, please call our helpline. We provide services in English, Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin and can arrange services in additional languages.

Your work rights with pregnancy, family, and children.

Information to provide to your employer.

What are your rights as a worker? What Is the Underground Economy? Report a bad employer.