Although it may not always feel like it, you have numerous rights as an employee. If someone else violates those rights and creates an unhealthy or dysfunctional workplace, you could have grounds for a legal claim. Here’s a basic overview of your employee rights that may come in handy if you find yourself in a difficult situation.
First of all, employees have a right to privacy in the workplace. However, the laws about employee privacy issues can vary by state. In general, if an employer does something particularly invasive or egregious in the course of monitoring employee emails and internet use, work-related telephone calls and voice mail, or security camera footage, it could be grounds for a legal claim.
Additional rights that you have as an employee include:
- The right to work reasonable hours and get paid a fair wage, including overtime pay if eligible.
- The right to be free from racial harassment, sexual harassment, and discrimination.
- The right to a safe workplace free of safety hazards such as toxic substances.
- The right to file a complaint or claim against your employer without retaliation.
This is not a complete list of all the rights that you are afforded at work. There are many federal and state laws that govern employee rights and regulations. If you suspect that something is amiss with the way your employer or coworkers are treating you, it’s in your best interest to contact an employment lawyer for guidance.
Not only can an employment dispute make you feel uncomfortable on the job, but it can also affect your career and your livelihood. Knowing your rights will help you stand up for yourself in a variety of different situations that may arise.
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