A person working in a restaurant in California has a right to expect a safe work environment, but restaurant work can be dangerous. Between hot surfaces, slippery floors, sharp knives and heavy pots, there is ample opportunity for accidental injury. Restaurants are required to carry workers' compensation insurance. Sadly, not all establishments comply with this requirement.
A recent joint investigation near San Francisco conducted by the District Attorney's office, Department of Industrial Relations and the Employment Development Department found nine restaurants that were not in compliance with the requirement to provide workers' compensation. The restaurants were fined. They are also subject to misdemeanor criminal prosecution.