All workers have certain rights based on federal employment discrimination laws. There are other state and local laws in place as well.
Understanding your rights as an employee will help you know when they have been infringed on. Keep reading to learn what your rights are.
Working in an environment free from discrimination and harassment
You have the right to work in an environment where you aren’t harassed or discriminated against because of certain factors. These include:
- Gender identity
- Sexual orientation
- National origin
- Genetic information
Being harassed or discriminated against can create a hostile work environment, which is why it should be reported.
Have reasonable accommodations made on your behalf
If you have a medical condition, disability or religious belief, it is required by law that your employer provide you with reasonable accommodations. This means changing the way things are typically done.
Have your private information remain confidential
When you are hired, disclosing genetic or medical information to your employer may be necessary. While this may be necessary, your employer should ensure confidentiality with this sensitive information.
Ability to report discrimination without fear of retaliation
Even though you have the legal right to work in a discrimination-free workplace, this isn’t always the case. If you are the victim of discrimination, you have the right to report the situation or even file a lawsuit without the fear of punishment or retaliation.
Protecting your rights at work
No matter where you work, you have certain laws that are established based on federal, state and local laws. If one of these laws is broken, you have the right to take legal action. Knowing your legal options in these situations is the best way to protect your rights.