Do You Know Your Basic Rights as an Employee?


No matter how great you are at your job or how great your managers are, there will always come a time in your career where you need to know your rights.

It might always seem like your employer holds the power in your working relationship, but the truth is, you as an employee are protected by laws and are entitled to proper treatment. So before your next shift or job interview, it’s a good idea to brush up on your rights so you can advocate for your own fair treatment!

We’ve put together a quick crash course on employee rights. Remember that certain laws and regulations vary depending on your state or province, but the following list applies all across the country!

You have the right to fair compensation

This one’s a bit of a no-brainer – as an employee, you have the right to be compensated for the work you perform for your employer. You are entitled to earn at least minimum wage, which varies depending on your state or province. Equal compensation for equal work must also be enforced (i.e. a man and a woman doing the same work must also be earning similar wages.)

You have the right to work in a safe environment

Workplace safety is incredibly important! Employers are required to take every measure necessary to ensure that their employees are working in an environment where they will be safe from potential accidents and injury.

You have the right to proper training for your job

Not all lines of work are hazard-free – in fact, many jobs require workers to handle heavy machinery or work with chemical solutions. Employers are required to provide thorough and proper training to their employees so they know how to safely handle these aspects of their work to minimize the risk of injury.

You have the right to a workplace free of discrimination and harassment

Not surprisingly, discrimination and harassment should not be tolerated in any work environment. This includes anything from inappropriate jokes to racism and physical/sexual harassment.

You have the right to freedom from retaliation

Unfortunately, there are cases out there about managers and employers taking advantage of their employees. In cases like these, employees are entitled to “Whistleblower Rights”, where employers are legally not allowed to retaliate in any way to an escalated issue (for example, cutting the employee’s hours, firing them, etc.)

Have you ever had to take advantage of any of these employee rights? Explore amazing job opportunities on HigherMe’s Job Board today.

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