When you go to work, you have the right to be able to do your job and meet the requirements of your employment without fear of experiencing different types of mistreatment. Unfortunately, employees do not always receive fair treatment, and they may experience difficult types of harassment or discrimination in the workplace. It is not always easy to know if what you are going through is a violation of your employment rights or simply a frustration with your job.
It is beneficial for every employee to have an understanding of his or her employment rights. This can provide insight into what you can expect from your employer and others with whom you work. You will be in a position from which you can more easily protect your rights in the event that you experience harassment or discrimination. This knowledge empowers you to assert your rights and protect your interests, regardless of the nature of your employment.
Your privacy and dignity in the workplace
Some of the expectations you can have for your privacy and options at work may depend on your job. For example, if you work with classified material, there may be limits on the type of personal items you can bring with you to the workplace. However, in most jobs, employers do not have the right to search your personal belongings, open mail addressed to you or tell others your private information. However, what is in your personal work emails is subject to review at any given time.
You should not experience harassment or discrimination on the basis of your gender, age, religion, disability, national origin and other factors. Many employees also have the right to take time off for medical issues and family needs without fearing that they would lose their jobs under the Family Medical Leave Act. A violation of your employment rights could be grounds to pursue legal action against your employer.
Fight for what is right
If you are the victim of a violation of your employment rights, you do not have to navigate these matters alone. You will benefit from seeking guidance from an experienced professional who can offer insight into the legal options available to you. You may benefit from seeking an assessment of your specific situation before you move forward. While it may seem intimidating to speak out, you do not have to suffer in silence.