When we talk about employee rights, several topics immediately come to mind—pay, breaks, time off, etc. But did you know that there are even more relevant topics to millions of employees that most people aren’t aware of? Take, for example, California’s suitable seating law.
What is the Suitable Seating Law?
California’s suitable seating law is a law that says that employees who do stationary work are entitled to seating. Section 14 of nearly all of California’s Wage Orders says that all employees should be provided with suitable seats if the nature of their work reasonably permits sitting.
Furthermore, when employees are not actively engaged in their duties, they should be provided with adequate seating. When they are actively involved in work that requires standing, then they should do so.
The suitable seating law does not get a lot of attention, but it is a law that has been in effect since 2016. Numerous lawsuits have been filed concerning suitable seating, and California courts have consistently upheld the law. Advocates for California workers believe that everyone has the right to appropriate seating at work when their jobs allow it, not just employees who have a disability and need reasonable accommodations for health or other reasons.
Why Do We Need Seating Laws?
Employees who stand or walk all day without regular breaks often experience chronic pain. Cashiers, greeters, stock workers, and others report experiencing back pain, poor circulation, foot problems, and more. These problems can worsen over time and make it difficult for employees to perform at their best.
Sadly, most California employees are not aware of the suitable seating law or their rights. There are also many employees aware of the law but afraid to ask their employer to uphold it. Many employers do not allow sitting unless there is a medical reason, such as pregnancy or injury.
Want to Learn More?
Employees who want to learn more should contact an employment law attorney to discuss their legal rights and options. At Proxy Law Firm, we can help you understand your rights and how you can get the protection you need to be safe and well while at work.