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Employee Rights – Don’t Assume You Are Protected

Carolyn Boyes - Monday, February 03, 2014

As an employee, you have certain rights. Most of us are familiar with the federal laws that protect employee rights and prohibit employers from discriminating against someone based on certain protected categories – such as race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.


Regardless of what state you work in you are covered by the federal laws. But many states provide additional employee protections such as protecting individuals based on arrest record, unfavorable military discharge, marital status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, and the use of consumer credit reports to make employment decisions.


These protections apply to you as an applicant or as an employee. As an employee they will help protect you in all employment decisions – being promoted, your training, and ultimately in any decision to terminate you. What you’re not protected against is your own performance however. Companies certainly have the right to expect that you will perform at a level that meets or exceeds the requirements of the job you were hired for.


HR U Can Trust can help you determine if you’ve been treated unfairly and provide advice about next steps. Visit our website to see which of our services may be best for your situation.





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