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Employment Rights and Workplace Violations

Employment Rights and Workplace Violations

Employment law can be complicated. You probably don’t know your full employment rights regarding simple workplace violations regarding wages, comp time, commissions, and more. In fact, some employees don’t even know when an employer violates a workplace law. Some of the most common workplace violations include unpaid compensable time, misclassification of employment status, unpaid or improperly calculated overtime, whistleblowing, and discrimination.

Unpaid compensable time is one of the most frequent workplace violations of employment rights. You’re entitled to compensation for any hours you work, such as clocking in, locking up, and working through your lunch break, even if your employer didn’t require you to work the extra time. Your employer is legally required to pay you for all compensable time, including overtime pay—time-and-a-half pay for working over 40 hours in a workweek. Unpaid commissions and bonuses are another frequent violation, and if you have been promised a production bonus or commission which your employer does not provide, he or she is likely violating your employment rights.

Misclassification is another frequent violation. This can occur where the employer wrongfully classifies you as management to exempt you from overtime, or where they improperly mark you as an independent contractor rather than employee. If you are not an independent contractor, make sure your employer isn’t classifying you as one. Independent contractors are not eligible for certain benefits, such as medical, dental, and unemployment benefits. Neither your exact job description, nor whether you receive a salary rather than an hourly wage, is determinative of your employee status.     

Unpaid or improperly calculated overtime pay, and comp pay instead of overtime, are two more frequent workplace violations. Under the law, overtime pay rules are based on a forty hour workweek. All work over 40 hours in a workweek must be paid at a rate of one and one-half times the employee’s regular hourly rate. Compensatory time, also known as “comp time,” is another way you can be shorted. This generally occurs where you are granted paid time off instead of overtime. Make sure you’re keeping track of your hours worked, and make sure that you are receiving properly calculated overtime pay.

Whistleblowing and workplace discrimination are two more particularly offensive workplace violations. A whistleblower is someone who complains about illegal activity or activity in violation of company policy at an employer. Whistleblowers have often been fired by the company they work for, or suffer blacklisting, demotions, threats, reassignment, and other harms.

Workplace discrimination based on race, gender, religion, age or nationality is another unfortunate reality. While not all unfavorable treatment constitutes unlawful discrimination, any employee who believes that he or she has experienced workplace discrimination can file a complaint.

 Anytime you think your employment rights have been violated:

If you think your employer is committing any of the above-described workplace violation, or any others like use it or lose it vacation time, false reporting, minimum wage violations, wrongful termination, or anything else, contact our office today for free, no obligation case review. Please also send us any of the below information you have (don’t worry about what you don’t have, just send what you do):

Russell S. Thompson IV
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