Employee rights and workplace discrimination cases are, unfortunately, very common in the United States. In 2012, a Muslim woman was awarded $5 million for her workplace discrimination suit, and a Patisserie in Queens was recently fined $25,000 for discrimination.

Knowing your rights as an employee can be a confusing topic, and standing up for your rights as an employee can be intimating. While defending your rights may seem daunting, there are many state and federal laws that ensure workplace safety, as well as protect you from prejudice, intolerance, harassment, or other unfair workplace practices.

Knowing Your Rights in the Workplace

One of the most pressing rights that you should be aware of in the workplace is the protection from workplace discrimination or harassment. Workplace discrimination or harassment can present itself in a number of ways, including but not limited to discrimination based on: race and ethnicity; sex; disability; religion; age; or sexual orientation.

In addition to the right to a workplace that’s free of narrow-mindedness and harassment, you also have the right to work in a place that is safe. Additionally, depending on the state you live in, you’ll also have right to sick leave, time off, privacy, and more.

When You Need an Employee Rights Lawyer

If you have been treated unfairly or illegally within the workplace, or are the victim of workplace harassment or prejudice, you may be entitled to damages. An employee rights lawyer can help you to understand the laws surrounding your case, as well as guide you in pursing the route to compensation.