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What are your main rights as an employee?

As an employee, you have many rights that are protected by law. Your employer has several obligations to you, like providing you with a safe working environment and making sure you aren't harassed while on the job.

What are some basic employee rights that all employees are entitled to?

The first major right you have is to work in an environment free from discrimination and harassment of any kind. You legally do not have to stand for sexual harassment, retaliation or other kinds of discrimination on the job. You should not be discriminated against due to your sex, gender, sexual preferences, age or other factors.

You have a right to work in a safe environment, too. Your employer must keep the facilities up to standard and make sure all hazards are marked or repaired.

Can I file complaints without the fear of being fired?

As an employee, you have the right to file complaints without the fear of retaliation. These rights are sometimes called whistleblower rights, and they mean you can't be fired or discriminated against just because you made a complaint against your employer.

Do I have the right to wages if I'm fired from my job?

You are also entitled to fair wages for the work you have performed. That means you can't work a job and then be fired without pay; you can't be paid less than minimum wage except for in instances where you may be tipped, and if you don't earn minimum wage when working under minimum wage for tips, your employer should make up the difference.

Source: FindLaw, "Employee Rights 101," accessed June 03, 2016

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