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Your Workplace Rights

Unions & Collective Action

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

Workplace Injuries/Health & Safety

Workplace Injuries/Health & Safety Is your workplace unsafe? Are you worried about getting hurt at work? Wondering what to do about it? Find the answers

Privacy & Workplace Surveillance

Privacy & Workplace Surveillance Privacy is a commodity that many Americans hold near and dear to their hearts. However, this treasured right to privacy can

Intern Rights At Work

Intern Rights At Work Together, Workplace Fairness and Pay Our Interns have partnered to create a Know Your Rights resource for government interns & fellows.

Hiring & Classification

Hiring & Classification Looking for a new job? Wondering if the questions you were asked at the interview were legal? This section addresses some of

Employment Discrimination

Discrimination If you believe that your employer is treating you differently because of your race, sex, gender, age, sexual orientation, or national origin, you may

Harassment & Other Workplace Problems

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

Whistleblowing & Retaliation

Whistleblowing & Retaliation Fighting back when you see your employer doing something wrong can be scary, and risky. But there are laws that can protect

Unpaid Wages/Wage & Hour Problems

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?

Benefits & Leaves

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

Termination & Unemployment

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

Note: The information here discusses Federal and some state laws. While similar to Federal law, California employment laws often provide additional protections and damages.

Your Workplace Rights

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Hiring & Classifications

nWorkplace Fairness was founded in 1994 as the National Employee Rights Institute (NERI). The name of the organization was changed in 2001 to reflect our effort to link the knowledge and work of employment rights attorneys with that of non-legal organizations and other individuals who are concerned with issues of fairness in the workplace.nnWorking together, professionals and citizens concerned with issues of workplace fairness more effectively build community awareness of workplace issues and promote progressive changes in employment law, policies, and practices.n

Discrimination

nAre 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?nnGet the facts on workplace discrimination here.n

Harrassment & Other Workplace Problems

nWhether 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.n

Unpaid Wages/Wage & Hour Problems

nNot 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.n

Benefits & Leaves

nFor 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.n

Privacy & Workplace Surveillance

nIs 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.n

Health & Safety/Workplace Injuries

nIs 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.n

Whistleblowing & Retaliation

nFighting 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.n

Unions & Collective Action

nFacing 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.n

Termination & Unemployment

nWhether 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.n

Intern Rights at Work

nIf you’re hoping to obtain a government internship in the future, or if you’re a current intern struggling to navigate the work field and want to learn more about your rights, this is for you!