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What to Do when There Are Workplace Disputes

When an employee is having problems with the wages they receive, workplace discrimination, or disciplinary actions that they feel are unfair and may affect their employment, it is difficult to know where to go for answers. The following is some general information that may help an employee find a resolution to the workplace problem.

Use the Employee Handbook

Employee Handbooks provide useful information about:

Speak with Your Employer about the Workplace Dispute

First, talk with your employer about the problem. Be certain to read all the relevant written policy material before talking with your employer. Additionally, an employee should summarize the problem in writing before discussing it with an employer. Be certain to focus only on the facts of your problem, and not the angry emotions. Further, before finishing the conversation, try to agree with your employer on what will be done to resolve the problem.

Responding to Disciplinary Actions

Employers should have policies for disciplinary actions in the employee handbook. If you believe you have been disciplined without reason, you can take a number of precautions:

Workplace Disputes Involving Wages and Overtime Pay

Under Federal law, most employees are entitled to a minimum wage for every hour they work. State laws can often be higher. Additionally, employers are required to pay their employees 1.5 times the hourly wage for every hour the employee works over 40 in one week. There are some exceptions to these laws, such as for executives, employees working for tips, and emergency safety workers. Generally, however, most employees should receive a minimum wage and appropriate compensation for overtime hours worked.

Workplace Disputes Involving Discrimination 

Federal law and some state laws prohibit an employer from basing employment decisions on certain characteristics. The employment decisions include firing, hiring, promotions, pay, transfers, etc.

The characteristics protected under the federal law, and some state law, include:

Do I Need an Attorney for My Workplace Dispute?

An attorney can advise you if you feel that your problem with your employer or a co-worker is not going to be resolved agreeably. Additionally, if you believe you have a discriminated against, an attorney can assist you with the required federal and state filing procedures. If you are an employer, an attorney can help you understand your options and provide guidance on resolving the workplace dispute.

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Last Modified: 03-15-2011 11:10 AM PDT

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