What are my basic rights as an employee?

In the United States, every employee has basic rights that employers cannot violate. Nevertheless, unlawful violations of employee rights continually occur. What’s more, many employees never even realize they’ve experienced unlawful treatment.

If you are worried that your employer has wronged you in some way, keep reading. You might discover that the law is on your side.

Basic rights your employer cannot deny you

By virtue of various state and federal laws, your employer cannot deny you certain basic employee rights, such as:

  • The right to receive fair compensation and wages for the hours worked.
  • The right to be free of numerous forms of on-the-job discrimination, including gender, age, race, national origin, religious, pregnancy and more relating to hiring, firing, promotions and the receipt of benefits and raises.
  • The right to privacy regarding your personal possessions, briefcases, handbags, storage lockers and any personal mail addressed to you.
  • In some cases, the right to privacy of your personal phone conversations and voicemails. However, these rights probably do not extend to company phones, internet, email and voicemail usage.
  • The right to be free of unauthorized credit and background checks.
  • The right to be free of all forms of workplace harassment, including bullying.
  • The right to a safe working environment that is free of preventable dangers, toxins and other hazards.
  • The right to freedom from retaliation after filing a claim against the employer, and also protection from retaliation for being a whistleblower and for supporting whistleblowers.

Employers frequently violate workers’ rights

Thousands of workers in California are currently being denied their rights. If you suspect that your rights have been denied on the job, you may want to learn more about your legal options to assert and protect your rights in court. Depending on your situation, numerous options could be available to ensure you receive fair and lawful treatment at work.

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