Right to Inspect Personnel Files for Employees in California
California gives employees and former employees the right to inspect any personnel records relating to their performance or to any grievance concerning them.
While California employees have broad rights to view documents relating to their employment, there are a few exceptions.
Employers need not provide letters of reference, records of any criminal investigation involving the employee, records that were obtained prior to the employee’s employment, or certain records made by an examination committee or in connection with a promotional exam.
Employers may also strike out the names of any non-supervisory employees that appear in your personnel file documents.
David Payab, Esq. from The Law Offices of Payab & Associates can be reached @ (818) 918-5522 or online.