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Finding Discrimination in the Workplace

Why are rules and regulations made? So that every person in the company has equal rights and adhere to their responsibilities. Company rules and regulations help give a more positive and respectful working atmosphere in every company and it is understood upon signing the contract that the employees are to follow these rules and regulations. Once they are disregarded or not followed, there are consequences.

Among the most important things that these rules and regulations heed to are office discrimination, working hours, health care benefits, and other compensation. Although these issues are always addressed to benefit the employees, there are still times where these rules and regulations are disregarded. Office discrimination is one of the things that still happen despite the fact that there are already laws that forbid such acts.

Discrimination happens when a person is unequally or unjustly treated as inferior based on certain characteristics such as race, skin color, education, age, gender, sexual preference, etc. Although there are already laws passed that forbid such acts (Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 that rules out discrimination based on race or skin color and the more recent Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 which expands the law to include banning discrimination according to national origin), office discrimination is still a prevalent activity.

Based on an article from Cary Kane, LLP, it may be difficult to prove discrimination has occurred since many employers are discreet about such actions. Having solid proof is the only way to prove that discrimination has played a part in offensive behavior in the workplace. Having a lawyer as a legal advisor greatly helps in making sure your right against discrimination is proven.

Another office matters that may require the help of a lawyer is overtime pay. Overtime is a premium paid to an employee when he or she has exceeded the necessary working hours as ordered by the employer. As stated in an article from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., “employees that are not exempt from overtime pay yet don’t get the proper compensation for work in excess of the regular 40-hour work week” can file a complaint against their employer. This can be due to the employer’s violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which ensures the minimum wage and overtime pay benefits of every employee.

Anyone who is a victim of the employee’s rights has the privilege of filing a complaint against their employer and the company. They can be given compensation for all the damages and troubles that these situations have given them, and the company can be reprimanded for not adhering to laws.

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