9 Times You Shouldn’t Think Twice About Suing Your Employer
There is unemployment even in the most developed countries. People who have a good job are always scared of being replaced. This fear of losing a job makes us tolerate anything. Almost every company violates the rights of its employees to some extent. Workers don’t even know they have rights and many employers don’t realize if they have done something wrong.
It is only after worst comes to worst that people seek legal guidance. Law was created to protect you, and you should trust it. You might be worried that no one would want to hire someone that sues his own employer or your current company will retaliate against you. You should know that the law covers everything in detail to ensure your decisions don’t affect your life. Sometimes you might also wonder if it’s the right choice to take legal action for an issue. Here I’ve shared nine cases where you should get the help of law to get your due right.
Unethical Questions Asked in Interview
Many people have reported that the interviewer asked them unethical questions based on their gender or race. For example, an interview shouldn’t ask a homosexual if he/she would make relations in the office. Many women were offended when asked about their plans to get married or having kids while working for the company. These are just simple questions; you can sue the company if you feel that an interviewer was unfair with you or misbehaved in any way. There are laws that bound companies not to discriminate or act unprofessionally even in interviews.
Exposed to Unsafe Environment
It is the duty of the company to provide you with every necessary tool required for the job and for your safety. Your protection becomes the responsibility of the company once you enter its premises or are out on its work. They can’t expose you to any situation which can be unhealthy for you in any way. Even if they got your signature on something which liberates them of any responsibility. They have to make sure that you are wearing every safety kit and that the environment is as safe as it can be even if you are a labor.
Professionals working in any field relevant to chemistry have to be particularly careful on their job. One little mistake or negligence can be life-threatening. For example, your employer might have exposed you to Asbestos. It causes cancer called mesothelioma when you breathe in its particles. You can file a Mesothelioma Lawsuit against the employer if any such thing happens to you. Mesothelioma doesn’t have a definitive cure yet and can only be treated through radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy.
There is zero-tolerance policy in law against sexual harassment whether it is done in or outside a professional environment. If your employer or any colleague has harassed you, a lawsuit against them will ensure this doesn’t happen to anyone else. Anyone with such foul intentions will think thousand times before implementing their plans. Females are the most common victims of sexual harassment, but it can also happen to men. You shouldn’t shy away from seeking legal help if you, a male, were harassed by a female or male employer. All men and women are equal in the eyes of the law. There have been many similar cases and the administration understands this issue.
It is the job of the company to make sure every employee feels safe when working for them. Not only can they not make you uncomfortable, but they also can’t allow anyone else to do the same. If a colleague of yours sexually harasses you, the employer has to see to the matter and take every necessary action. If the company fails to provide you justice, the law will hold both the harasser and the company responsible. Your lawyer will tell you whether you can win the case or not. A company can’t afford to put their image at risk with such a lawsuit so they are likely to settle and you will get your rightful compensation.
Harassment isn’t limited to just sexual acts. One can be made uncomfortable and unsafe in many ways. Many employees find their employer to be an immoral person. While the employer may not do anything physical or sexual, they may have caused mental distress to their workers. This is also a form of harassment. You should try to first sort things out within the company or the employer. It is after not getting the expected response that you should seek help of a lawyer. Try to explain your situation and concerns and how it can be improved to the employer or HR manager. If you feel that the employer does all this willingly with the objective of mentally harassing you, you shouldn’t think twice about taking him/her to court.
Your boss isn’t your owner. When they give you a job, it’s not a favor; it’s business. You offer your service and they offer money and specific benefits in return. Government has made sure that jobs today mustn’t be like slavery. They have created laws that give employee the power to keep feeding his family. That’s why an employer can’t suddenly terminate you for no reason. If they are not happy with you, they can give you a notice with time to find a new job and must pay a specific amount of sum that depends on various factors. An illegal termination can put your employer in jail or face a huge fine. If you believe that the employer fired you for personal reasons, you can go to court against him and you should.
Denied Medical Leaves
An employee has the right to a specific number of paid medical leaves per year. The number of these leaves depends on the country and state where you work. An employer can’t deny you medical leaves. The employee is required to submit health certificates and relevant documents to prove that he really needs these leaves. The law has given the right to report the employer that won’t allow medical leaves. An employee shouldn’t be working in a condition when he needs medical attention or rest. Not only that, some companies might also have to pay you after a fiscal year if you don’t avail those leaves. If you have medical benefits from the company, they have to pay for your medical expenses as well. You can still take legal action if they deny to pay for the medical expenses with an excuse that is not mentioned in the contract you signed with the company.
Even the most educated and professional people are sometimes racist and narrow-minded. This behavior and hatred has no place in professional life, and the law has made sure of that. No one is allowed to treat you wrong way based on your gender, color, nationality, or religion. Your employer might be pushing too hard, misbehaving, stopping your promotion, or limiting opportunities for you just because he doesn’t like your background. All this falls under the category of discrimination which is considered a serious offence. Thousands of racist incidents are reported in the US every year and the government plans to eradicate them. This isn’t something where you should keep silence. Speak up and take necessary actions so what happens to you won’t happen to other people.
Not Paying Overtime
Every employee has to work overtime at some point in their career. Some may rarely face such a situation while many have to do this on a regular basis. A shift of eight to nine hours is more than enough to exhaust a human being. No company is allowed to make you stay without your consent after you’ve completed your working hours. If there is work, they can request you to stay. Even in that case, however, it is up to you if you want to stay and work. To keep a good relationship with the company and show professionalism, most employees won’t say no. It’s a good thing that you care about the company, but company also has to take care of you by paying extra for the overtime. You can demand it if they don’t pay it. It won’t be challenging to prove in the court that company made you stay to work overtime and didn’t pay you for it.
Taking Revenge on You
This is the worst fear why most employees would never do anything against a bad employer. They are afraid if they used law against the company to get their right, they would most likely be fired. You should know that the company or the employer can’t terminate you because you stood for your right. If you won’t be fired the employer might take revenge on you by making your job difficult for you. The law has also established rules to ensure no such thing happens. You can again go to the court if the employer or company has taken your benefits, limited your opportunities, or has been mentally tormenting you.