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5 Signs Your Employee Rights Are Being Violated
As an employee, you have rights, and they should be protected. Many workplace regulations negatively impact employees’ lives, but many employers do not consider their employees’ interests when making policies and practices. Thankfully, there are resources available to protect your rights. Having your voice heard at work can improve your overall experience at work. Read on to learn more about these signs. You may be surprised at how common they are!
1. Experiencing Alienation in the Workplace
If you feel that you are being mistreated at work, you may have rights. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) allows workers to talk publicly about their employer. Any attempt to prevent employees from communicating with each other can be seen as illegal harassment and an attempt to prevent unionization.
Employers can also dismiss a worker for harassing behavior and threatening conduct. However, they must maintain a safe workplace for all workers and adequately handle complaints. In addition, some states require human rights training for workers.
2. Being Threatened by a Coworker
You can take action to protect yourself from harassment at work by contacting human resources and stating your concerns. While this process may be stressful, it is essential to remember that you can still complain about retaliation.
If you feel that you are being physically or verbally harassed, it’s essential to know your rights. If you are concerned about your safety, report the incident as soon as possible. Don’t wait till the situation gets worse to file a complaint.
If you do, you may be in the wrong. Contact an attorney immediately if you’re not sure what to do next. It would help if you acted quickly, as a delay could retaliate against you.
3. Experiencing Sex Discrimination
Federal law protects employees from sex discrimination. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against workers based on their gender. Other state laws also protect workers from discrimination based on sex.
Federal law prohibits employers from asking non-job-related questions about sex. It is important to note that some employees may be able to assert sex discrimination as an employee rights violation based on their gender.
If you have previously reported sex discrimination to your employer, you should document your concerns. If you can’t report the incident to your supervisor, it’s best to write a letter to your superior and the human resources department.
You need to explain why you can’t report the discrimination to your supervisor, and if your supervisor does not address it, you should file a complaint with someone higher up in the company hierarchy. It’s essential to write down everything you say in your complaint since it will serve as evidence against your employer if you later need to prove your claims in court.
4. Lack of Adequate Compensation
You’re not getting paid for all of the work you do. It’s not uncommon for employers to try and cheat their workers out of overtime pay. For example, if you live in California, employees need to be aware of wage and hour class action in California outlined by the laws regarding overtime pay.
You’re required to work off-the-clock without compensation or permission from your boss/employer/supervisor. This includes working through breaks and lunches and after-hours or on weekends when no one else is around so that no one will see what’s happening around them during those times either.
Retaliation can take many forms and may involve subtle tactics which may not be apparent. For example, an employee may be forced to work later into the night. Another example may be when an employee needs to take sick leave to care for her sick husband.
The supervisor is not happy to grant the leave but then changes the employee’s work schedule when she returns. Such a situation may amount to a forced resignation.
Don’t be scared to speak out!
If you feel your employee rights are being violated, contacting an employment law attorney is the best recourse. But before you do, you should be sure that your rights are being violated.
For example, if your boss has given you a deadline and you’re in danger of missing it, that’s not considered a violation of your rights. Instead, this is normal behavior from a boss who expects an employee to perform a task by the deadline. With this in mind, take the list above with a grain of salt—not everyone’s experience in the workplace is going to be the same.