Human Resources

A Brief Overview of Your Employee Rights

In the United States, all employees have certain fundamental human rights while in the workplace. These can include equal work for equal pay, personal privacy, and freedom from all forms of bias and persecution. For instance, job candidates cannot be refused work based on their race, ethnicity or gender. Thus, when establishing company policies, it is essential for employers to be acutely aware of the full spectrum of employees’ rights. Then you must fashion guidelines that follow these rights.

The Fundamental Rights of Employees While at Work

Employee rights differ to some extent among the various states, based on local laws and regulations. In most parts of the US, employees have the right to a basic degree of privacy. This includes the privilege of using personal bags or briefcases, having mail addressed to them, and making use of personal lockers in the work environment. Conversely, workers’ privacy is much more restricted with respect to the use of job-related email accounts and computer networks.

All employees possess the following essential rights while in the workplace:

  1. Freedom from all forms of persecution and intolerance on the part of management and workers. That includes, being treated just as fairly as others despite racial background, skin color, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, ethnicity, states of disability, age level (40+) or genetic data, such as family medical history.
  2. A safe work setting possessing no hazardous operating conditions, poisonous materials, or unwarranted safety risks.
  3. Freedom from retribution for (a) reporting claims of bias experienced in the work environment or complaints about the company; or (b) taking part in an investigation or legal action about discrimination.
  4. Equal reimbursement for equal work.
  5. Required accommodations in the workplace due to religious beliefs or a medical condition.

Legislation is the foundation for the rights about job-related discrimination passed by the United States Congress. Additional local, state, or federal regulations may also pertain to your company.

Call Us for More Information on Employee Rights

If you believe your employee rights were violated and wish to protect or restore any of your rights, contact us here at the Ghandi Selim Law Firm today. We will help you schedule a free consultation.

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