Before you ever start working a new job, something that is important is to look at is your employment rights. Whether you’re a brand new worker or someone who has been on the job for years, reviewing your legal rights is essential. Laws and requirements change over time, and you have many protections today that you may not have had in the past. You should know them well and know when you should reach out for legal support.
Employees should be able to ask questions about their rights and should be given information on reporting harassment and discrimination in the workplace. They also should know how to check their timecards or otherwise how to make sure that they’re paid accurately.
Some of the things that you may want to ask questions about so that you understand your rights include:
- Severance and when you can seek them
- Pay and bonuses
- Causes of termiantion
- Fringe benefits
- Leave policies
- Requesting accommodations in the workplace
Every employee has rights in the workplace, so it is important that you take the time to get to know those rights. If you don’t, you could be allowing yourself to be mistreated and not even realize it. It’s essential for all workers to understand the employment agreements they sign as well as other documents, like non-compete contracts. If you ever have a question, then you should know where to turn, starting with your human resources department or your employment attorney.
Our website has more information on your rights as an employee and what to do if you believe that they have been violated. Your attorney can help you negotiate for favorable contracts, fight back against discrimination or harassment and generally protect your best interests.