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Protecting Employee Rights and Benefits in the Workplace

15th March 2010
By Mesriani Law Group in Employment Law
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Employment law covers all kinds of rights, benefits, and duties within the relationship of both employers and employees. The complexity of their relationship is managed by the different rules under this law.

Employers are required to control the power they have over their subordinates so that problems will be lessened. However, some of them abuse their power and perform illegal acts towards an employee.

Fighting for Employee Rights and Benefits

If you are an employee who feels that you are being abused in your workplace, you should not let your employer get away with his or her wrongful act. However, before you jump to conclusions, you should first be aware of the following rights that you have under the law.

Some of these rights include:

• Your right to be treated fairly and not to be discriminated due to your national origin, race, gender, skin color, religious beliefs, pregnancy, age, or disability

• Your right to work in an environment that is free from any kind of harassment

• Your right to receive fair pay

Meanwhile, here are some federal laws that are related to employment:

• Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

• Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

• Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

• Age Discrimination in Employment Act

Dealing with your Employer

Once you are sure that your employer actually violated your rights, the first thing that you should do is to discuss it with him or her. An intelligent conversation can provide a solution to many problems.

Here are some guidelines that will teach you how to present the situation and problem to your employer:

• Before you talk to your employer, write a short summary about the problem. You should also suggest a way of solving it.

• Do not be too emotional. It is true that dealing with a workplace issue can be extremely stressful, but emotional outbursts or unfounded accusations will only make it hard for you to get your idea or opinion across.

• Before the conversation between you and your employer ends, both of you should agree about what will happen after your talk.

Aside from talking to your employer, you should also gather important documents that might support your argument like letters, company policies, memoranda, performance reviews, employee handbooks, and emails, among others.

However, you should also be careful in collecting these documents because you may have limited access to it. Copying or taking private documents could be the reason for your termination.

Lawyer's Help in Filing a Claim

If you decided to take proper legal actions because your employer ignored your complaint or you were fired because of it, acquire the legal help of an employment attorney.

The skills of this attorney in handling cases concerning employee rights and benefits will greatly contribute to the successful result of your case.

To provide you with more information regarding employee rights and benefits, consult with our skilled employment attorneys. Visit our website and dial our toll free number.
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