Employment Laws And Your Rights: Do's and Don'ts For Employees

If you are like most people, work is a huge part of your life. However, you may be unaware of your legal rights on the job. You may suspect your employee rights have been violated in situations such as the following:

  • You are a woman and notice that men have been promoted through the ranks of your teams but women have not (or vice versa).
  • You believe you have been demoted or may be terminated because of your race, religion or national origin.
  • Co-workers near your work station have subjected you to a hostile work environment through sexual harassment. Your employer has done nothing to stop it, even when you reported unwelcome sexual advances, putdowns and innuendos.
  • You took time off as allowed by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) but when you returned to work, you discovered your employer had penalized you.
  • Your employment contract promised you paid time off (PTO), but when you tried to take vacation time, your boss retaliated.
  • Your employer regularly asks you to work off the clock before or after your work times or during lunch or rest breaks.
  • Your employer asks you to work overtime but does not pay you for it. They allege that you are an exempt employee even though your duties resemble those of hourly workers.

So What Should You Do When Your Rights Are Violated At Work?

At The Spencer Firm, LLC, in Rockville, Montgomery County, Maryland, our attorneys are committed to informing employees of their rights — and how to protect those rights. We will start here by offering a bit of free advice, regardless of the circumstances:

What To Do

  • Ask an attorney whether your employer has broken laws.
  • Find out how to protect yourself based on the specifics of your case.
  • Save pay stubs if you may have an overtime or unpaid wages case.
  • Be aware of statutes of limitations. File your complaint, claim or lawsuit in time to make a difference.
  • Consult with a lawyer as soon as you develop a concern, even if you don't know whether you have a case. Our law firm has helped clients prevent being fired and resolve other challenges through early involvement.

What Not To Do

  • Do not file a complaint or claim before you get legal advice. You may get your case heading in the wrong direction unknowingly.
  • Do not say things or write statements that may hurt your case. A lawyer on your side can help prevent these risky actions.
  • Do not assume you have all the time in the world to file a discrimination case. The allotted time period to make a claim may expire and you will have no recourse.
  • Do not wait until the day before you must sign a severance agreement to consult with an attorney. Early legal counsel can preserve options; waiting until the last minute can leave you backed into a corner.

These Lists Provide A Starting Point. For Personalized Employment And Labor Law Advice, Contact Us.

At The Spencer Firm, LLC, we are prepared to guide you through all stages of your case — including determining whether you have a case. Email us, or call 301-683-7528 for help determining whether you have grounds to file a complaint, claim or lawsuit. Se habla español.