Employee rights, set in place by the U.S. Department of Labor, outline the freedoms that employees can expect from employers. Furthermore, employee rights upheld by employment laws, which regulate the relationship between employers and employees.
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Five Must-Have Employee Rights
Employee rights are standard requirements for employers and the law to offer to every American worker. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provides certain protections and rights for every employee. If your rights are violated, contact us because we know what steps to ensure that you receive your employee rights.
1. Privacy Rights
Your rights as an employee include the privacy of your possessions. Your assigned storage locker, your purse, or your briefcase are all considered private property. However, your workplace does have the right to monitor your use of company internet or computer.
2. Your Fair Compensation
Your employee rights demand that you receive appropriate payment for all hours worked for your employer. Unpaid wages can be cause for a lawsuit. By law, your employer is required to pay you fair wages.
3. No Discrimination
Your rights as an employee obligate employers to not take any type of negative employment action against you based on your sex, religion, color, age, or national origin. Any discrimination is a violation of your employee rights.
4. Safe Workplace
Your employee rights require the health and safety of your workplace. Pollutants or health hazards should be filed for an investigation by OSHA. The government outlines specific rules for the safety of workplaces.
5. No Retaliation
Your rights as an employee include specific protections against retaliation by your employer. In the event that you file a complaint against your employer, it is illegal for your employer to retaliate against you.
What Laws Protect My Rights?
A network of laws created by the U.S. Department of Labor protects the rights of workers throughout the United States. Not one law could cover the relationship of the employer and the employee. Therefore, many laws protect job holders’ rights.
American with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The American with Disabilities Act protects the working rights of individuals with a disability. ADA’s definition of disability tries to be inclusive. Naturally, those who meet ADA’s definition receive specific protections and allowances from the law, including reasonable accommodation.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
The Fair Labor Standards Act outlines the employee rights of work wages and hours. Moreover, if an employee meets certain salary and duty requirements, he or she is eligible for overtime wages. Unpaid wages or overtime is against the law.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act upholds the employee rights of uniformed service members. Basically, USERRA obligates employers to hold and return a job position to a uniformed service member who left on active duty, training, or other required services of the United States. Any type of negative employment action due to a worker’s affiliation with the uniformed services is illegal.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The Family and Medical Leave Act offers certain employee rights to eligible workers. Eligible employees are provided with 12 unpaid, job-protected workweeks of leave for approved reasons. These reasons include caring for an immediate family member or dealing with personal health problems.
Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration offers employee rights of health and safety in the workplace. When a complaint is filed, OSHA investigates the employer for health and safety. OSHA regulates workplaces through a list of specific requirements.
Over the years, the U.S. Department of Labor strives to protect employee rights through the passing of laws and acts that regulate employers. Whether job seeker, current employee, or retiree, the law protects your employee rights. If any of your employee rights have been violated, contact us.
What Are Some Other Main Laws Governing Employee Rights?
Although these laws are not as widely known as the laws shared above, these laws protect employee rights, too. Each one handles a different employment issue that the government recognized as a problem. Employee rights are important to the government.
- Equal Pay Act (EPA)
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
- Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978
- National Labor Relations Act (NLRB)
- Employee Privacy Rights
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