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What Are Job Rights?

The term “job rights” typically refers to the rights of workers and employees in relation to their work arrangement. Also called “employment rights”, these are a broad set of rights that most employees have, provided by federal and state laws. Some of these job rights may include:

Disputes over job rights can arise if worker’s rights have been violated. These types of disputes are typically resolved through the intervention of a government agency. In very serious cases, legal action may be required in a court of law.

How Can Job Rights Be Violated?

Most disputes over employee job rights involve a failure by an employer to follow state or federal employment guidelines. Job rights of an employee can also be violated by:

  • Other workers
  • State actors or agencies
  • Other actors who may be linked to a worker through a contract or other legal arrangement

A common violation of job rights is where an employer wrongfully terminates the employment arrangement in a way that contradicts terms in an employment contract. Here, this may involve a violation of the employee’s right to be informed of termination.

Another common violation is where an employee pays the worker less than the amount of wages they are entitled to. In some cases, this may involve a violation of an employee’s right to minimum wages. These are known as wage and hour claims.

What If I Have a Dispute Over Job Rights?

Disputes over job rights are a contentious issue because they can affect a person’s income, and therefore, their livelihood as well. If you believe you are involved in a dispute over job rights, you should begin keeping track of facts and laws that might be involved in your case. You should also begin compiling evidence that might be useful for your claim, such as any employment contracts, work documents, or witness statements. Also, you shouldn’t be afraid of filing a lawsuit, since it is illegal for an employer to fire a worker simply for filing a complaint about a violation.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Assistance with a Job Rights Dispute?

Most job right violations can involve complicated and technical legal matters. As such, you may wish to hire an employment lawyer if you need help filing a claim involving your job rights. A qualified lawyer in your area will be able to explain how your state’s laws might affect the outcome of your case. Also, your attorney can provide you with legal representation during the times when you need to appear in court. 

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Last Modified: 07-14-2015 11:31 AM PDT

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