Rules and regulations at work ensure the safety and well-being of employees. However, workplace violations still occur frequently.
Because these violations can result in serious consequences, including injuries, employees must be able to identify them when they occur.
Wage and hour violations
One of the most common workplace violations involves wage and hour issues. This includes instances where employees do not receive pay for all the hours they work, are not provided with appropriate breaks or do not receive compensation for overtime hours. Federal and state laws include specific wage and hour rules, which most employers must follow.
Discrimination and harassment
Unfortunately, discrimination and harassment still occur far too often in several workplaces. Discrimination can relate to race, gender, age, religion or disability. As for harassment, it may involve unwanted advances, offensive language or creating a hostile work environment.
Health and safety violations
All employers have a responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work environment for their staff. Health and safety violations can range from inadequate safety equipment to failure to address workplace hazards. These violations not only put employees at risk of injury or illness but can also result in legal penalties for employers.
Retaliation against employees
It is illegal for employers to retaliate against employees for exercising their rights. Workplace retaliation can include termination, demotion or other negative actions taken against an employee. Retaliation undermines trust in the workplace and can have serious repercussions for employers.
Failure to provide reasonable accommodations
Employers must provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities or medical conditions. This could include modifications to workspaces, flexible scheduling or providing assistive devices. Discrimination claims and legal consequences are likely to result if an employer fails to provide these accommodations.
It is ultimately up to employers to create a safe and fair environment for their employees. Should a violation occur, employees have the right to raise the issue with the proper authorities in the pursuit of justice.