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What are the Employee Rights in the Workplace?

As an Austin Employment Law Attorney

Employment law is a complex area of law that encompasses both employee and employer rights and obligations ranging from anti-discriminatory hiring practices, wages, rights to privacy, wrongful termination, and workplace safety. Many of these issues are protected through state and federal laws.

All employees have what are called “basic rights” in the workplace. These include a right to compensation for work performed, and freedom from discrimination or retaliation. Contact the Central Texas Employment Lawyers with your questions. We can help.

Fair Compensation

Fair compensation is often regulated by the state and federal government in the form of minimum wages. In addition, federal law governs how many hours an employee may work before being entitled to overtime, and how that overtime compensation is calculated.

Freedom from Discrimination

Freedom from discrimination is also a very important protection that the state and federal governments provide to employees. Those rights include the right to be free from discrimination based on age, gender, race, national origin, religion or disability. These rights are extended not only to employees but prospective employees in the hiring process. Put simply, an employer may not base any employment decision on age, gender, race, national origin, religious beliefs, or disability.

Retaliation / Whistleblower Rights

Other employee rights such as workplace safety are important to ensure that an employee can do his or her job effectively without fear of injury due to dangerous conditions, toxic substances, and other safety hazards. In addition, certain employers are prohibited under federal law from engaging in certain unethical or illegal business practices. Employees also have the right to be free from retaliation for making or filing complaints against their employer because of any violation of the above rights. These are often called whistleblower rights. If an employee is terminated and they feel the employer has violated any of the above rights in doing so then the employee may file a wrongful termination suit.

Ask an Austin Employment Law Attorney

The Moreland Law Firm would like to hear from you if you feel that any of your rights as an employee have been violated. We work hard to ensure our clients are treated fairly. You can use our contact us online or call toll free at 512-782-0567. Our office will reply to your inquiry as soon as possible.

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