Workplace Legal Issues: Discrimination, Harassment and Workers' Rights
You don't have to be a lawyer to understand matters of employment law and workplace legal issues. In this Web Guide you'll find helpful sites that explain workers' rights in plain English, connect you to legal professionals and advise you on how to handle legal issues when they arise.
Workers' Rights Resources
Use the resources below to find out what laws govern your workplace and how you can keep your work environment friendly and comfortable for all workers.
- Unions, professional associations, and other organizations sometimes provide assistance for those who feel they are being discriminated against or mistreated in the workplace. Take a look at the findingDulcinea Professional Networking Web Guide to find a union or association for your profession.
- The American Civil Liberties Union, although not specifically focused on workplace issues, often provides assistance (legal or otherwise) to those who feel that their civil liberties are being compromised. For more information about getting help or about the organization, see the American Civil Liberties Union Web site.
FindLaw has an "Employee Rights Center" that provides legal information regarding your rights as an employee. Get an overview of your rights or choose a more specific topic such as sexual harassment or medical leave. FindLaw provides quick and straightforward explanations to help you understand the acts or laws that pertain to your particular area of concern.
Workplace Fairness is an organization that promotes fair work practices and strives to protect workers' rights. In the "Your Rights" section you'll find general legal information about workplace issues such as hiring practices, pay, health and safety, unions, termination, and others. Once you enter any section of the site you'll see links on the right side of each Web page to connect you with free legal advice, advocacy groups, and enforcement agencies.
The U.S. Department of Labor provides general information about many job-related issues but also has a section for workers that offers resources for wages, safety, retirement, workers with disabilities, and even job training resources. On this site you'll be able to connect with agencies within the Department of Labor that deal with the laws regarding your specific needs, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or the Veterans' Employment and Training Service.