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Your Workplace Rights

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Hiring & Classifications

Looking for a new job? Wondering if the questions you were asked at the interview were legal? This section addresses some of the most common issues you may encounter in the hiring process, and how you are classified as a worker may affect your workplace rights.

Discrimination

Are you being treated differently at work? If so, is it because of your race, sex, age, disability, national origin or religion? Wondering what other kinds of discrimination are illegal? Get the facts on workplace discrimination here.

Harassment & Other Workplace Problems

Whether you're being pressured to have sex with your boss, forced to listen to foul language or slurs, or wondering whether the comment you made might get you in trouble, you'll find this information on harassment and other problems you might encounter on the job to be helpful.

Unpaid Wages/Wage & Hour Problems

Not getting paid what your employer owes you? Are you forced to work overtime, but not receiving any extra pay? Get the facts on "wage and hour" laws here.

Benefits & Leaves

For most employees, your job isn't just about the pay, but also what benefits are included. Sick leave, disability leave, family/medical leave--the different kinds of leave you may be allowed to take can be confusing. Get information about health care coverage, pensions, leave eligibility and other benefit-related information here.

Privacy & Workplace Surveillance

Is somebody watching you? It just might be your employer. Find out here what rights to privacy in the workplace you do and do not have.

Health & Safety/Workplace Injuries

Is your workplace unsafe? Are you worried about getting hurt at work? Wondering what to do about it? Have questions about the workers' compensation system? Find the answers here.

Whistleblowing & Retaliation

Fighting back when you see your employer doing something wrong can be scary, and risky. But there are laws that can protect you in a number of situations. Learn more about how you might be protected when you blow the whistle or challenge illegal conduct.

Unions & Collective Action

Facing an organizing campaign at work (or want to get involved in one)? Already a union member but don't understand how things work? Fired for organizing or joining a union? This section covers information about your rights to organize and be in a union, and how unions work.

Termination & Unemployment

Whether you were suddenly fired, laid off, or asked to resign, you'll want to know what happens now that you are out of a job.

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Topic of the Week

Race Discrimination

Racial discrimination refers to the practice of treating individuals differently because of their race or color. Federal law prohibits race discrimination in the workplace and incidents of race discrimination can take many forms, in the workplace particul

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Blog of the Week

How a 15-Hour Workweek Could Change Our Lives for the Better

Americans work 200 more hours annually than their British and French peers—but studies show working more doesn’t translate into higher productivity.

Thought for the Week

"Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge, to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation."

–Martin Luther King Jr.; "I've Been to the Mountaintop," address delivered at Bishop Charles Mason Temple

List of the Week

from Tech.Co

Diversity in Tech – The Stats

  • 10 large technology companies in Silicon Valley had no black women employees in 2016.
  • Nearly one third of large tech companies in Silicon Valley had no executives who were women of color.
  • White men accounted for about 39 percent of professionals, 47 percent of managers and 59 percent of executives.

Top Five News Headlines

  1. Let It Rip Weekend: Sexual misconduct in politics and changes in workplace culture
  2. Race still matters: Why white workers keep getting more of the good jobs
  3. Labor Union Membership Has Just Hit an All-Time Low. We Need to Reverse This Trend.
  4. Third Woman Accuses Michigan State Legislator of Sexual Harassment: Report
  5. Know Your Rights: The Ins and Outs of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act