Throughout most of history, the employer was king. The boss established the work hours, the pay and the conditions.
In the late 1800s, Upton Sinclair wrote a book called The Jungle that detailed the abuses of the slaughterhouses in Chicago. This awoke the public to such an extent that many laws were soon passed protecting employees. Additionally, in the last 30 years, new laws have given even greater protection to whistle blowers and victims of discrimination in the workplace.
Needless to say, in today’s world, employees have more rights and protections than at any other time in history.
The challenge is not so much employees’ rights, but their knowledge and use of such rights to their own advantage. Bookstores offer a wide variety of employee rights books. Attorneys and government agencies can also provide assistance.
Though the workplace will never be a democracy, application of employee rights should keep it from being a dictatorship.
Don D. Sessions, a Mission Viejo attorney, author and law school professor, helps employees enforce their rights.
Employee Rights News
All employees are entitled to certain rights. When those rights are infringed upon or ignored, the safety and well-being.
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