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Employee Rights: What You Should Know

  • October 18, 2018

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Employee Rights: What You Should Know

Listen up:

As a worker bee, you get certain employee rights.

Check out what these rights in today's contributed post. We have the essentials to what you should know about employee rights in the workplace.


There are a lot of great employers out there that will do everything in their power to look after their employees and make sure that they’re happy in the workplace.

Unfortunately, there are also a lot of other employers who aren’t quite so good.

In fact, there are some companies that just want to get the most work out of their staff without having to give anything back.

The good news for you is, you have rights as an employee.

And those rights come with certain entitlements, whether your employer wants to give them to you or not.

But a bad employer is going to try to get out of their responsibilities either way. So, it's important that you understand what you’re entitled to as an employee.

These are the basic rights that all employees have in the workplace.

A Safe Workplace

Regardless of where you work, it’s up to your employer to provide you with a safe workplace.

That's a basic tenet of employee rights.

In dangerous industries, that means they need to provide all of the necessary safety clothing and perform any safety checks on equipment etc.

But it’s not just employers in dangerous workplaces that have an obligation to look after their employees.

Even if you’re working in an office at a desk all day, your boss still needs to make sure that there are no health hazards around.

If you get injured at work and you feel that an unsafe environment caused it, you have grounds to make a claim.

Get in touch with a law firm right away and let them know about the situation.

Getting a compensation payout can be a big help if you get seriously injured and you can’t work. If you think that your workplace is unsafe, you should speak to your boss about it and get them to rectify it.

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Protection From Discrimination

It goes without saying that it’s wrong to discriminate against people based on their race, religion or gender.

Unfortunately, there are still people out there who will treat people differently based on those things.

In the workplace, you have a legal right to be treated as an equal, whoever you are and if your employer isn’t doing that, they’re on the wrong side of business law.

If you feel that your employer is discriminating against you for some reason, you need to speak with HR right away. If you don’t get anywhere with them, you might need to take it higher.

The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission exists to protect people from this kind of discrimination so you need to file a complaint with them.

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Private Health Records

Most people aren’t comfortable with their health records being shared with anybody, especially employers.

If you’ve got a health issue and you’re worried that it might affect your employers perception of you, it’s important to maintain privacy about your health records.

If your records are somehow passed on to somebody, you can make a claim against the authority that released them.

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Every employee has these basic rights.

So, no matter what your employer might tell you, don’t let them take it from you.

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