As an employee, most of us want to do our job and work on our career. We need the money, after all, we don’t want to rock any boats. But no matter what your position, every employee has rights that are hugely important. They’re there to protect you from wrongdoing and mistreatment. They’re there for your entitlement to fair treatment and pay, as well as your personal safety. If you’re an employee and you’re wondering what rights you have in the workplace, keep reading. Learn what exactly you’re entitled to in the workplace. It can help you identify problematic situations that you’re justified in solving.
Demanding compensation for work
It’s not a situation that’s pretty for anyone. An employer might be days, weeks or even months late with payment. No doubt it’s an unpleasant experience for them but you’re entitled to that money. Without it, you might even be in danger of serious financial risks like debt or bankruptcy. If an employer misses payroll, you shouldn’t stand for it. Notify your employer of your intention to make a claim and a time period in which to make that claim. The situation may resolve itself. If it doesn’t, however, you can take them to small claims court.
It’s not just pay that you’re entitled to as ‘your part’ of the bargain. A lot of people believe that, in a job, if they’re not given fair labor that they either put up with it or quit. But that’s not true. It is your legal right to demand fair labor. This means fair hours and benefits that respect your dignity. Including allowing for sick leave and maternity. It also demands that employees keep records of your working hours, pay and overtime. You should be able to access any of these and, if you find your employer unable to provide, you may be able to report them.
Safe from injury
You are also entitled to be free from injury caused by your employer or your workplace. Particularly dangerous industries include injuries that are a natural risk in the work involved. However, an employer must provide all safety training and equipment you need to operate in the workplace. They also have a responsibility for the workplace itself. If you get involved in a fall or accident that you had no warning of, you may have use of a personal injury lawyer.
Free from harassment and discrimination
Discrimination and harassment are two key parts of employee law. Discrimination can occur whether you’re an employee or applying to become one. Harassment can also take many forms and may be hard to recognize. It’s not necessarily overt but can be the application of implied power to pressure or emotionally injure workers. Work to recognize harassment and discrimination, not just in you but in the workplace. Your HR may be able to resolve things satisfactorily. If they don’t, however, then you should be willing to take it to a higher rank in the company or even to the law.