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Rights Of Employees In The Workplace

 July 22, 2014  /  Comments Off on Rights Of Employees In The Workplace

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Employers and their management teams have the right to direct employees. They can delegate tasks, tell employees how to do those tasks, as well as take corrective action when an employee is on the wrong. Nonetheless, there exist federal, local, and common laws which protect the rights of employees. Employee laws governing the workplace environment are vast and vary from one state to the next.

However there are a few common laws that apply to all states of the world. Below is a look at some of those common laws touching on various areas for any workplace setting.

Rights Of Employees In The Workplace

Protection from Discrimination

The law states that all employees should be treated equally and prohibits employers from discriminating against workers or job applicants. It is not only unlawful for an employer to discriminate in hiring and firing decisions, but also during promotions, job assignments, laying off of employees, assignment of overtime, pay increase and a variety of conditions pertaining to employment.

In general, employers are not allowed to make any job-related decisions based on the race, skin color, gender, nationality, religion, and physical or mental disability of employees.

Rights To Representation

Employee representation can be defined as the right of the employee to appoint a lawyer or join a union to represent him/her on a variety of job-related issues including working hours, wages, working conditions, and benefits.

Employee representatives are tasked with the responsibility of negotiating with management on behalf of employees. Any employer who prohibits his/her employees from joining labor unions or having legal representatives is going against the law and can be sued. Aside from representing employees within the workplace, employee representatives sometimes also act as the legal council during a disciplinary hearing case against the employee.

Privacy Rights

Employee privacy rights encompass the employee’s personal information as well as activities done at work. Although an employer can have legitimate interests in the personal information of employees, those interests should not go above the employees’ reasonable expectation of privacy or infringe on their privacy rights.

Employee privacy rights for government-owned companies are governed by state laws, while company policies often dictate employee privacy rights for private companies. These laws are what govern the extent to which an employee’s personal information can be used by the employer, whether or not an employer can subject employees to personal searches and drug tests, or perform electronic and camera monitoring of employee activities.

Working Conditions

There are state laws which protect workers from unsafe working conditions as well as entitle them to minimum and overtime wages. These laws put in place safety and health regulations that employers must meet. Rules to be followed depend on the nature of the work and aim at protecting employees from a variety of poor working conditions, including exposure to harmful substances, unsafe noise levels, or work practices.

Knowing your rights as an employee is important. This will enable you to know how to react to disputes or handle situations in which you feel that there is a clear violation of your rights at the workplace.

Aidan Forney is a human rights activist that has a passion for writing. If you are an employee who believes your rights have been violated, Aidan recommends you contact the DJP Solicitors.

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  • Published: 3 years ago on July 22, 2014
  • Last Modified: July 22, 2014 @ 7:00 am
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