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Are you familiar with your employee rights?

There are many state and federal employment laws in place to protect your rights as an employee. While most people never have to think about these, others are put in a bad position at some point. For this reason, they are forced to learn more about their rights and to consider if they have been violated in some way.

As an employee, you have basic rights at your place of employment. This includes things such as the right to privacy and fair compensation. Other employee rights to consider include:

-- Right to work free of harassment and discrimination.

-- Right to safety in the workplace.

-- Right to be free of any type of retaliation for making a complaint against an employer. This is also known as whistleblower rights.

-- Right to receive fair wages for the amount of work that is performed.

If you have any questions about your employee rights, you should review the federal and state laws that govern your place of employment. Furthermore, you can always discuss any questions or concerns with your human resources department.

It is a good idea to become familiar with your employee rights because you never know what will happen in the future. If you understand state and federal employment laws, it is easy to determine if one or more of these has been violated.

Nobody wants to consider the fact that he or she could have his or her employee rights violated, but this happens to many workers every year. If you become a victim, you must know how to deal with the situation in the appropriate manner.

Source: FindLaw, "Employees Rights 101," accessed Oct. 07, 2015

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