Every company has a set of rules and guidelines to maintain discipline and order in the workplace. Unfortunately, the primary violators of these rules are the employers themselves. Instead of enforcing rules, they break them, thinking they can get away with it. If you are an employee, here are some of the labor law violations that you should watch out in the workplace:

  1. Harassment and discrimination – These are the two most harmful violations in the workplace today. Employees who are the subjects of such violations often experience emotional distress and depression, which are more "costly" than monetary damages.

  2. Wrongful discharge or termination – Contrary to what many believe, termination is a complicated process that needs to be done carefully. Employers who plan to terminate their employees need to present valid reasons that permit them to do so. The employment contract would be a valuable tool to help prove this point.

  3. Retaliation – This violation happens when an employer carries out adverse actions toward an employee who supposedly "protected". Employees are said to be "protected" if they have filed an initial complaint with a government agency against the same employer or certain activities of the company.

  4. Breach of employment contract – The employment contract serves as a blueprint of the employee's stay in the company. Both employers and employees have their own rights and responsibilities that need to be followed at ALL times.

  5. Unpaid wages – Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), every employer should be paid fairly and sufficiently based on the employment contract. There are also specific minimum wages and limits for employees under federal and state laws.

  6. Family and medical leave violations – Some employers cannot afford to lose the services of an employee. As a result, they deny any sick leave requests by their employees, which is illegal under the law.

  7. Other violations of employee rights under federal and state labor laws – Other labor law violations include false reporting and misclassification of employees.

If your employer has committed any of these violations, you may contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or your local labor office and report the labor law violation. If they were proven to be breaking any employment laws, they would be required to compensate for any damages their actions have caused to you.

Under federal and state laws, all employees have rights within the workplace. Everyone in the company should recognize these rights, and that includes employers and supervisors. If your employer threatens you that he would terminate you if you complain, do not worry. He cannot do anything to you or your job when he is already facing a lawsuit filed against him by the EEOC itself.