Your employer has the right to make decisions which can affect your career. In addition, he also has the power to enforce different workplace policies and closely monitor your job performance.
You should not forget that though your employer has the authority to make employment-related decisions, he is also required to respect your rights as an employee.
Here are some examples of your rights, which should be recognized by your employer:
- Right to privacy
- Right to be in a workplace that is free from dangerous conditions as well as all types of discrimination
- Right to receive a fair salary and overtime pay
If one of your rights was violated by your employer, you are allowed to take necessary steps just to rectify it.
You can make sure that your rights will be recognized by doing the following:
- Tell your employer that your right was violated- The most important thing that you should do is to approach you employer and tell him that his actions violated your rights. For example, you can tell him that a certain policy that he implemented is discriminatory in nature.
Starting a formal discussion will help you voice out your grievances and may help resolve the problem without the need to take legal action against him. You employer will likely address the problem if you were able to make him realize the wrongness of his actions.
- Take down notes- Aside from approaching your employer; you can also fight for your right by documenting everything that is related to the problem. You can write down all the conversations and meetings that occurred between you and your employer. In addition, you should also write down the things that were discussed during those meetings. Doing so will enable you to prove that you approached your employer to tell him about the problem, but he failed to do anything in order to address it.
- Consider taking legal action- If nothing was done to correct the problem or if you were fired or demoted after filing a workplace complaint, your last option is to file a case against him. However, before doing so, you should first ask yourself if you have enough financial resources to pursue the case and evidence which can show that your right was violated.
If you want to know whether you have a good chance of winning the case, do not hesitate to consult a Los Angeles labor attorney.