As an employee, you have certain rights within the workplace that all employers should adhere to. If they don’t, you are entitled to refuse work and to make a complaint against your company. There are rules about what employers can and can’t do and what they should and should not expect from you. It is important in any situation to know your rights, and here we will discuss a few of them.
Your Right To A Break
You are not a slave. You have the right to at least one 20 minute rest break through the day if you work over six hours. Your employer cannot take this away no matter how busy you or the company is at the time. If your supervisor does tell you that you can’t take your break, you should make a complaint straight away.
If you are working a desk job that involves a lot of typing, then it is particularly important that you take your break. If you don’t do this, there is the danger that you will develop repetitive strain injury (RSI) which if left untreated and becomes severe, can impact your work and can even mean you won’t be able to type anymore.
Your Right To Remain Safe
One of the most important rights that you have as an employee is the right to stay safe. If for some reason you have been asked to something that you think is unsafe, you also have the right to refuse this work. However, if someone in your family has been seriously injured or has even died as a result of negligence, you should file a wrongful death lawsuit. A lawyer will be happy to discuss the process with you, and you can figure out if this is what’s best in your situation.
Your Right To Freedom From Discrimination
Nobody should be made to feel unsafe or targeted in the workplace because there is something different about them. This could be their race, their gender, ethnicity or anything else that someone uses as the motive behind discrimination. It is important to realise what this actually entails. If you become the target of verbal abuse, then this is a form of discrimination. As well as this, if you are passed over for a job promotion at any point because you are of the opposite sex to the interviewer, or if you are a different race, this is illegal. Everybody has the right to work in a pleasant environment.
Your Right To Privacy
You are not required to divulge your personal life with your employer. Anything that is relevant to the job or that will impact whether or not you are hired will be discussed at the interview such as a criminal record. However, questions about your family or your private life are not relevant, and as such you are not obliged to answer them if you do not want to share this information with your employer.
We hope this article helps you realise your rights as a new employee. Knowing these rights is crucial when you become an employee so that you can make sure that you are not being exploited.