Since modern businesses have existed, there have been disputes about the rights of employers and their workers. In the past, workers often had to endure unreasonably harsh conditions and working environment in order to earn any wages at all, but modern employment laws seek to fix many of these issue.
Even though every state in the nation has laws that define an employee’s rights, these rights are not always respected. Even though many employers are respectable people who operate their business well and treat their workers with respect and dignity, there are others who actively seek to gain at the cost of their employee’s welling being. One of the best things workers can do to prevent this is to know their rights.
Basic employee rights
Although there are some sets of specialized rules and regulations regarding the rights of workers in specific fields, there are certain rights that all employees have and that all employers must legally respect. The following are some of those basic rights.
· Discrimination – Any potential employee may not be discriminated against during the hiring process based on that individual’s
o National origin
o Genetic information
Once a person is hired, they are granted certain rights regarding their compensation. This includes,
· Fair and equal pay – This right is granted by The Equal Pay Act of 1963. This act states that an employer may not alter a worker’s compensation based on the sex of that worker.
· Minimum wage – As of right now, the current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. The state minimum wage in Nevada is $7.25 for employee with benefits and $8.25 for employees without benefits.
If you are a worker and you believe that your employer is not appropriately fulfilling their duty to respect your rights, you can absolutely take actions to fix the situation. If you have communicated your concerns to your employer and they have not changed their behavior, you may have ground for legal action.
Additionally, employers are prohibited by law from retaliating against employees who bring attention to such issues. These issues are generally covered under whistleblowers’ protection laws. If you do find yourself in this kind of situation, it is suggested that you talk with an experienced legal professional who specializes in these types of matters. They will be able to work with you to get the justice you deserve.