Even if you enjoy your job and the people you work with, there could come a point in the future when you are the victim of discrimination. Since this can come about at any time, it's imperative that you know your legal rights.
Some employers take advantage of the fact that their employees need work, and they sometimes take steps to try to avoid paying minimum wage. That isn't fair to employees, and it often is only legal because of unfair loopholes. However, there are cases when employees can seek the compensation they haven't received due to deceptive practices.
When you were young, you probably saw older people as different from you. Depending on your perspective, you may have honored them as deep compendiums of valuable knowledge. Or, maybe you judged them as examples of a dying, outmoded system.
Not everyone receives overtime pay, which can make employment laws confusing to some. People may simply assume that they aren't entitled to overtime pay for their work. In reality, unless you are a salaried worker, your employer should be paying you at least time and a half for any time over 40 hours that you've worked in any given pay period.
Whether you're a teen or an executive in his or her 50s, you're entitled to a paycheck that is timely. State payday laws are in place to make sure that businesses don't delay payments to their employees.
If you are an hourly worker, you should receive overtime pay whenever you work more than 40 hours in a given work week. In fact, federal law mandates that all employers must pay workers at least 150 percent their regular wages for all hours over 40 worked during any given work week.
We work because we need to be able to support ourselves and our families. If employers pay their workers less than they deserve, caring for a family can become impossible. Unfair pay or forcing you to work without pay is illegal. Here is what you can do if your employer treats you unfairly.