Employee Rights Essay

1530 Words Sep 24th, 2012 7 Pages
Do You Know What Your Rights are, if any, in the Workplace?
Look at Your Rights.
D Johnson
COM120, Persuasive Effective Writing
Instructor C Jones
July 9, 2006
Do You Know What Your Rights are, if any, in the Workplace?
Look at Your Rights. Knowing your rights in the workplace is essential in making certain you are benefiting from the rights you are entitled. You will be amazed at how few rights you have in the work place! Most states are "at-will" states; meaning there is no right to work. An employer has no obligation to keep you as an employee and does not need much of a reason to let you go.
Discrimination in the Workplace There are a few laws governing what an employer may, or may not, do. It is important that you know what these
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You should check your state's laws governing privacy. You will be shocked to find out how little your privacy is guaranteed.
Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) "Only employers with 50 or more full-time employees must, in most cases, comply with FMLA." (Barnes and Good, 2005) FMLA allows for twelve weeks of unpaid leave a year. This Act covers the birth of a child; care for a child; care for a parent or spouse with a serious health condition. (Barnes and Good, 2005) If an employee has a serious health condition, it has to be considered under the FMLA and possibly the ADA. It depends upon the health condition. If the condition is a debilitating condition it could be covered under the ADA.
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) The ADEA provides employees over the age of 40 from being discriminated against. This can be hard to defend, but it can be done. Under the ADEA no worker can be forced to retire. This is important because a lot of employers would prefer to replace their older workers with younger workers. The reason for this is as the "norm" younger workers have less health problems and miss less work.
Other Rights You May be Entitled There are a few other considerations when employed The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act,