The workplace isn’t usually known as a place of fun and games. Indeed, you’ve got to be pretty disciplined and even strict most of the time. After all, you’re there to do a job.
But this doesn’t mean that your work life has to be miserable. Unfortunately, it seems that an alarming majority of people really don’t like their job. But let’s face it: a lot of the time, people don’t like their job simply because of the job itself. They’d rather be pursuing another line of work, or working in a better position in the field they’re in now. Perhaps they’d rather be at home working on their novel. Or maybe they just wish they could stay at home and play video games all day.
But sometimes people are miserable at work because basic employee rights aren’t being upheld. And that’s why it’s important that you know your rights as an employee. There are certain things that make employees miserable that are actually illegal for the employer to perpetuate. And when that happens, you need to fight for your rights.
Let’s have a look at some of the most common of these employee rights violations.
Ignoring health and safety
So there’s a loose tile in the bathroom. Or a leaky refrigerator in the kitchen. Or a crack in the staircase. Or a pipe that’s come loose. It could be any number of things. If employer is legally obligated to resolve issues that could pose a threat to your safety. If they don’t and you end up getting injured because of it? Then you need to take action. Look into something like Taradash workers comp and injury lawyers. You’re there to do a job for someone, and you have to be there for hours. If your employer doesn’t create a safe environment, then they should be reprimanded.
Overdoing it on overtime
A lot of workers end up having to stay behind for an hour or two. Many end up doing so at least once a week. Some even stay behind a couple of times a week. And there are some unfortunate souls who seem to do overtime every working day. Or even on weekends too. Too much overtime isn’t exactly healthy. But there’s a limit to the amount of overtime an employer can compel you to work. Don’t be taken advantage of. Check the specific overtime laws in your state.
If there’s mistreatment going on in the office, then the employer needs to do something about it. It could be anything. It could be a colleague leaving you to do most of the work. It could be cases of racism or sexism, or other discriminatory practices. It may even be something like sexual harassment or long-term bullying. It’s not just the perpetrator themselves who risk having legal action taken against them. If the employer knows about it but doesn’t do enough to prevent it from occurring? (For example, firing the guilty party!) Then they can be held accountable for the mistreatment, too. After all, they were technically complicit.