Sunday, December 09, 2012

Three Ways to Protect the Rights of Workers

According to the official website of United Nation Office on Drugs and Crimes, inequality in income, education and labor opportunities are main causes of human trafficking. It encourages many especially from those in the developing countries to migrate and quest for a better life. The sad part is that thousands of migrants, instead of living the life of their dreams end up as victims of labor exploitation, which is considered as a new form of slavery that occurs tremendously these days. Because of the increasing disparity in destination countries, many people view it as something 'normal'. If you believe that your civil rights have been violated in your place of work, here are important steps that you need to follow.

Know Your Rights As A Worker

If you have questions about the laws that protect you as a worker, there are several websites that can help you understand your different rights. The United States Department of Labor offers a wide array of information and resources that can help workers learn about their rights. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), for example, prescribes standards for the basic minimum wage and overtime pay, and what affects most private and public employment. Also, look for labor law poster located in public work areas. They include information like minimum wage laws, non-discrimination notices and more. 

Talk To Your Employer

Most employers have extensive background and experience in the rights of workers. Typically, employers would give trainings and support to employees about their different civil rights and how the company can help protect these rights. Often, these trainings and orientations are done in the first day of work of the employee. If you believe that your rights as a worker have been violated talking to your HR or your employer is the best thing to do. Regularly, an open and honest conversation can help resolve problems and prevent the need for any legal action.

Keep Track Of Your Records

If things go horrible in the work place and you feel that you are in a fragile situation, make sure that you have the necessary documentations at hand.  Even if you have presented the documents to your boss, keep copies for your own records. It is recommended to gather any relevant documents like e-mails, employee handbooks, letters and company policy statements.

In the United States, many workers do not realize that they are entitled to employee rights. That is why they remain silent if something uncalled for has happened. Knowing your civil rights as a worker is important to avoid violation and infringement of these rights.

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