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Your Workplace Rights

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Hiring & Classifications

Looking for a new job? Wondering if the questions you were asked at the interview were legal? This section addresses some of the most common issues you may encounter in the hiring process, and how you are classified as a worker may affect your workplace rights.

Discrimination

Are you being treated differently at work? If so, is it because of your race, sex, age, disability, national origin or religion? Wondering what other kinds of discrimination are illegal? Get the facts on workplace discrimination here.

Harassment & Other Workplace Problems

Whether you're being pressured to have sex with your boss, forced to listen to foul language or slurs, or wondering whether the comment you made might get you in trouble, you'll find this information on harassment and other problems you might encounter on the job to be helpful.

Unpaid Wages/Wage & Hour Problems

Not getting paid what your employer owes you? Are you forced to work overtime, but not receiving any extra pay? Get the facts on "wage and hour" laws here.

Benefits & Leaves

For most employees, your job isn't just about the pay, but also what benefits are included. Sick leave, disability leave, family/medical leave--the different kinds of leave you may be allowed to take can be confusing. Get information about health care coverage, pensions, leave eligibility and other benefit-related information here.

Privacy & Workplace Surveillance

Is somebody watching you? It just might be your employer. Find out here what rights to privacy in the workplace you do and do not have.

Health & Safety/Workplace Injuries

Is your workplace unsafe? Are you worried about getting hurt at work? Wondering what to do about it? Have questions about the workers' compensation system? Find the answers here.

Whistleblowing & Retaliation

Fighting back when you see your employer doing something wrong can be scary, and risky. But there are laws that can protect you in a number of situations. Learn more about how you might be protected when you blow the whistle or challenge illegal conduct.

Unions & Collective Action

Facing an organizing campaign at work (or want to get involved in one)? Already a union member but don't understand how things work? Fired for organizing or joining a union? This section covers information about your rights to organize and be in a union, and how unions work.

Termination & Unemployment

Whether you were suddenly fired, laid off, or asked to resign, you'll want to know what happens now that you are out of a job.

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Topic of the Week

Dumb & Dumbest: Reducing Distorted Thinking at Work

Unfortunately many of us shoot ourselves not with a gun, but with our own brand of distorted thinking at work.

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Blog of the Week

Walmart raises minimum pay again, while Sam's Club closes many stores

Walmart wants you to read the good news: it’s raising its minimum wage from $9-10 to $11 an hour, and expanding paid parental leave benefits. Donald Trump wants you to read that the company is giving credit for that move to the recent Republican corporate tax cuts. Neither of them wants you to think much about the years-long worker organizing campaign to demand improved wages and benefits, and they definitely don’t want you to think about the news that also just came out that Sam’s Club, the Walmart warehouse chain, is closing dozens of stores, if not more.

Thought for the Week

"If I had to reduce the responsibilities of a good follower to a single rule, it would be to speak truth to power."

–Warren Bennis

List of the Week

from Dr. John Izzo

Why People Don't Step Up at Work: The Top Three Reasons

  • Leaders making decisions without seeking input, 64%
  • Leaders dismissing ideas without exploring the ideas, 38%
  • People not getting rewarded or recognized for playing outside the lines, 26%

Top Five News Headlines

  1. American women are angry and this new podcast wants to hear their stories
  2. Paying tipped workers better wouldn’t lead to fewer restaurant jobs
  3. NAACP Honors Memphis Sanitation Workers Who Went On Strike In 1968
  4. Workplace Raids Signal Shifting Tactics in Immigration Fight
  5. Workplace Lawyers Race Against the Trump Clock