San Francisco, CA asked in Employment Law and Securities Law for California

Q: Should I start the process of a lawsuit?

Hello! I am so grateful for this platform because I have no one to talk to about this. I work for a transportation company overnight as a dispatcher. Since August we had 5-6 intruders on our premises. Thankfully no one got hurt but I was very close up to one and it was scary. Recently, our HR added lights to the yard which had NO lights before so it was always pitch black, now we a few lights added and they fixed the electric gate that broke down 3 times already and just broke down recently and still broken for 9 days now. Everyday I am looking over my shoulder when I come to work as I am the only dispatcher (a woman) on premises. My shift is 8:30PM to 5AM. I usually have detailers here cleaning until 1AM then the rest of the time I am alone. We are located in the back of a pier. I don't want to come in but I have applied to 80 jobs recently and no one called me back so I cannot call off. I googled California's policy and it's all confusing to me. So if anyone can help me on what to do

1 Lawyer Answer
Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
  • Westminster, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: A lawsuit is not going to get you what you need right now.

You cannot sue your employer for exposing you to danger. If you face injury you file a workers compensation claim.

If you have workplace safety issues, you can try reporting the conditions to OSHA who promulgates workplace safety regulations and then enforces those rules.

Good luck to you.

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