What are my rights as an employee?

Published 12/07/2010 09:38 AM   |    Updated 02/20/2013 06:54 AM
What are my rights as an employee?

You have the right to be paid a minimum wage, currently $7.25 an hour. You have a right to premium pay for hours worked beyond 40 in one week. You have a right to join a union and advocate for the formation of a union. (Contact the Indiana Department of Labor about these issues. 317-232-2673) If you work for an employer with more than 50 employees, you may have the right to take up to 90 days of unpaid leave for medical issues of your own or those of your family members, including the birth of a child. Contact the U.S. Department of Labor about FMLA at (866) 487-9243 or on the web at: http://www.dol.gov/. Under the Indiana Civil Rights Law, you have the right to EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES. This means that you cannot be treated less favorably in hiring, firing, hours, wages or other benefits because of your race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, age (over 40) or disability (some cities or towns also prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity). You also have the right to work in an environment free from harassment based on any of these characteristics. Furthermore, employees with disabilities have a right to reasonable accommodations so that they can perform the functions of their job. If you have sincerely held religious beliefs, you may have a right to certain accommodations that will allow you to practice those beliefs in the workplace. Finally, you have the right to file a complaint with our office without suffering retaliation for doing so.

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