In this day and age, it may feel like the employee is helpless and the employer is all-powerful. It may feel as though the employee must bend to the will of the employer, and that most employees don’t have many rights. However, that is merely a perception. The reality is very different. Every prospective employee, current employee or former employee has rights — so what are they?
Before you are even employed, you have the right to seek employment free of discrimination. You also can’t be asked certain questions in job interviews.
Once you become an employee, there are more rights that you are granted, so to speak. For example, you are still free from discrimination. You also have a right to privacy and to fair compensation for the job you are performing. Your right to privacy extends to you personal belongings, private mail and even phone conversations. But be wary of e-mail, though. Privacy is not necessarily guaranteed in this area.
Current employees also have the right to work in an area that is safe and does not contain dangerous conditions, and you also have the right to not be retaliated against for filing a claim or making a complaint about your boss or employer.
Which takes us to the last part of your question — your rights as someone who has been fired or terminated from their job. Retaliation is illegal, and you have the right to seek justice for that retaliation or wrongful termination. Your lawsuit could help you recover lost paychecks, obtain severance pay and extend your medical benefits.
Source: FindLaw, “Employee Rights 101,” Accessed Oct. 16, 2014
Source: FindLaw, “Employee Rights after a Job Termination,” Accessed Oct. 16, 2014