Although many people are aware that employees are protected from being discriminated against for things like their gender or race, there are a number of other rules that employers must follow, and many are being broken regularly. One of the most common examples of this is when employers tell staff that they are not allowed to discuss their earnings with other employees. However, the National Labor Relations Act states that organizations are prohibited from preventing employees from talking about their wages.
Other examples of laws that are commonly broken by employers are related to not paying people appropriately for their time. There are companies that act as though it is up to the employer to determine whether or not someone is eligible for overtime. In fact, the government classifies people as eligible or exempt for overtime. Exempt positions are those involving high-level professional or executive work, outside sales and a few other specialized jobs.
Another area where businesses sometimes break the law is when they ask people to work off the clock. The law states that individuals must be paid for all of the time that they do work, and employees do not even have the right to waive pay for time they worked.
If someone is in a situation where their employer is breaking the law, the first step is normally to discuss the issue with a supervisor. However, this may not resolve the problem. When people believe that their employee rights are being abridged, a lawyer can outline what their options are for legal recourse.