What to Know About Your Rights in the Workplace 

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In the modern workplace, understanding your rights as an employee is paramount. Whether you are starting a new job or have been with a company for years, having a solid grasp of your rights can protect you from unfair treatment and ensure you are treated fairly and legally. At McCune Law Group, we believe that knowledge is power, and we are committed to empowering employees by helping them understand their rights in the workplace. In this blog, we will explore some of the key rights you should be aware of as an employee. 

Understanding Your Rights in the Workplace 

One of the most fundamental rights you have as an employee is the right to work in a safe and healthy environment. This means your employer is legally obligated to provide a workplace that is free from hazards that could cause harm or injury. If you believe your workplace is unsafe or if you have been injured on the job, you have the right to report these concerns to your employer or to relevant authorities without fear of retaliation. Under federal and state laws, you have the right to receive fair compensation for the work you perform. This includes being paid at least the minimum wage set by law and being compensated for overtime work at a rate of time and a half if you are a non-exempt employee. Your employer is also required to provide accurate pay stubs that detail your earnings and any deductions. If you believe you are being paid unfairly, you have the right to seek legal recourse. 

Employee Protections 

Discrimination in the workplace is illegal and goes against fundamental federal civil rights. You have the right to be treated fairly and respectfully regardless of your race, gender, age, religion, disability, or any other protected characteristic. If you believe you’ve been discriminated against or harassed at work, you have the right to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or a similar state agency. If you exercise your rights as an employee, such as reporting unsafe working conditions or filing a complaint of discrimination, your employer cannot retaliate against you. Retaliation can take many forms, including termination, demotion, pay cuts, or harassment. If you believe you have been retaliated against for exercising your rights, you have the right to file a complaint with the appropriate authorities and seek legal recourse. 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

What should I do if I feel discriminated against at work?

If you believe you have been discriminated against in the workplace, it is crucial to act by reporting your experience. Start by documenting any instances of discrimination, including dates, times, and witnesses. Then, consider discussing your concerns with your employer or HR department. Many companies have policies and procedures in place for addressing discrimination complaints. If your employer fails to address the issue or if you are uncomfortable bringing it up internally, you have the right to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or a similar California state agency.

While employers have the right to monitor certain aspects of workplace activities, employees still have privacy rights that must be respected. Generally, employers cannot conduct invasive searches of employees’ personal belongings, such as bags or lockers, without reasonable cause. Additionally, employers must inform employees if they are being monitored through surveillance cameras, email monitoring, or other means. However, it is essential to review your company’s policies regarding privacy in the workplace and understand any agreements you have signed regarding the use of company resources and communication channels.

In many states, employment relationships are presumed to be at-will, meaning either the employer or the employee can terminate the relationship at any time and for any reason, as long as it is not illegal. However, there are exceptions to this rule, such as when termination violates anti-discrimination laws, employment contracts, or public policy. If you are terminated without cause or warning and believe it was unjust or unlawful, consult with employment law experts from MLG to evaluate your situation.

If you are experiencing harassment or a hostile work environment, it is essential to take action to address the situation promptly. Start by documenting specific instances of harassment, including dates, times, and witnesses involved. Then, follow your company’s procedures for reporting harassment, which often involve notifying your supervisor, HR department, or a designated point of contact. If your employer fails to address the issue or if you are uncomfortable reporting internally, you have the right to file a complaint with the appropriate authorities, such as the EEOC or California state agencies.

How to Start Your Potential Case 

The Racial & Economic Justice lawyers at MLG are trained to help fight against any form of employment discrimination. Our team stands against these bad actors and advocates for those who have been stunted or mistreated in the workplace by discriminatory policies. Here is how you can entrust your case with an MLG lawyer: 

  1. Step 1: Research and Gather Information – Before reaching out, gather all relevant information about your case. This includes details about any workplace rights infringements you may have experienced and information about the parties involved. Take note of the date, time, and mode of the incident.      
  2. Step 2: Visit the McCune Law Group Website – Navigate to the official MLG website. Look for a “Contact Us” or “Free Consultation” section. This is where you will find the necessary details to initiate contact with an attorney from MLG.   
  3. Step 3: Call or Complete the Form for Initial Consultation – Use the provided phone number or online form to contact our team of attorneys. You may find it helpful to prepare a summary of your case before making the call or completing the form. This will ensure you provide essential details efficiently.      
  4. Step 4: Schedule a Free Consultation – Request a free consultation to discuss your case in detail. We offer free initial consultations to assess the viability of your case. During this meeting, you can share the specifics of your situation, ask questions, and get a better understanding of how our attorneys can assist you.   
  5. Step 5: Prepare for the Consultation – Before the scheduled consultation, organize all relevant documents and be prepared to articulate the details of your case clearly. This will help the attorney assess the merits of your case more effectively. During the consultation, feel free to ask any questions you may have about the legal process, potential outcomes, and our approach to workplace rights cases.      

Workplace Rights Are Non-Optional  

Knowing your rights in the workplace is essential for protecting yourself from unfair treatment and ensuring you are treated with dignity and respect. The attorneys at McCune Law Group have extensive experience in employment law and are well-versed in federal and California state anti-discrimination statutes. We help our clients understand their legal rights and options and work diligently to ensure those rights are protected. By partnering with McCune Law Group, you will receive the knowledgeable and compassionate representation you need to navigate the complexities of employment discrimination cases and achieve the best possible outcome. 

To learn more about workplace rights and your protections, contact McCune Law Group by completing the form or calling (909) 345-8110 today for a free consultation!  

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