- The right not to be discriminated against for purposes of ethnicity, national origin, skin color,class, pregnancy, faith, impairment, genetic knowledge or age (and, in certain cases, marital status, sexual preference, gender identification or other features)
- The freedom to a place of employment safe from violence
- The obligation to be compensated for working hours: at least the minimum salary, plus an extra bonus on all hours spent above forty in one week (or, in certain cases, more than eight hours in one day);
- A privilege to a safe place of work
- The freedom to take leave to care for a significant health problem on your own or of a family member or after the birth or adoption of a child and
- The right to privacy in matters
of personal interest.
Here are a few steps you can take to claim your rights.
1. Communicate with your employer
Your first move will in several situations be to speak with your boss. A good conversation will fix much of the problems, or at least bring the agreements out on the table. Many businesses are eager to stay above the rules to escape regulatory tangles. If you work with a genuinely uncaring and antagonistic employer, the case is most definitely attributable to negligence, confusion or a lack of legal expertise.
2. Gather Documents
Support yourself through reporting the issue away from thinking it out with your boss. Take records of important discussions and activities, including the period, place, and names of those in attendance.
If your colleagues have witnessed or experienced some of the events that led to the issue (such as a verbal performance appraisal, a derogatory remark, or a workplace search), ask them to write about everything they noticed and learned in written, recorded documents.
3. Consider seeking legal action
Which outcomes would you like to see?
If you foresee a payout of many million bucks, think again: while there are these decisions, they are very rare and far between. The vast majority of the lawsuits never come to trial. When you’re furious, wanting vengeance, or trying to convince the universe that you’ve been correct all the way, keep in mind that feelings like these don’t have a good basis for a case — and may cause you to more misguided decisions.
Does your case have strong supporting grounds to make it strong?
Can you lodge a lawsuit?
This requires a lot of time to fight court cases — energy you could use instead seeking and excelling at a new career. Lawsuits cost money, as well. If the case is solid, you can consider finding an attorney willing to handle you on a contingency basis, in which payments for the counsel come from the money you receive. You will want to ask a lawyer on
your question and figure out how serious your allegations are, how any legal limits extend and your case, and what you may hope to win or lose should you bring a complaint.