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Federal laws work to prevent discrimination, worker mistreatment

On Behalf of | Sep 26, 2021 | Employment Law

Michigan workers and those elsewhere in the United States have various rights and protections under the law. These laws attempt to increase safety for workers and prevent unfair treatment that could happen for nefarious reasons. While not all employers are required to abide by these laws, even the ones that are required to may violate the law by allowing discrimination or harassment, not paying proper wages or allowing other issues in the workplace. 

As an employee, it is important to understand one’s rights and the protective laws that apply. If a person does not have the right knowledge, it may be all too easy for an employer to violate laws and mistreat workers without the employees knowing that it is against the law. Unfortunately, many employers hope that workers do not know their rights. 

Some laws that work to provide protections for employees include the following: 

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act, which provides safety provisions 
  • The Social Security Act, which sets aside a portion of a person’s income for use in retirement or if they become disabled 
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act, which makes sure that employers provide at least minimum wage and provide overtime pay for nonexempt workers 
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act, which allows qualifying workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave without putting their job at risk 
  • The Civil Rights Act, which prevents discrimination against workers in protected classes 

Fortunately, there are several laws that better ensure that employees in Michigan and across the country receive their fair share of compensation, do not unnecessarily put their lives at risk for their profession and do not face discrimination. Of course, some employers may expect too much from their workers and may violate the law in efforts to save money or for some other personal or company benefit. If employees believe that their rights have been violated, discussing the matter with experienced employment law attorneys may be wise.