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Workplace Laws

Workplace law is difficult for the layperson to grasp as it is not a single body of law, but a mix of federal and state laws. To add to that, laws differ for small and large businesses and laws for government employees do not cover non-government employees.

An example of how employment law is misunderstood and complex is “employment at will". Employment "at will" means an employee may quit a job at any time and for any reason and the employer may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason. Despite this fact, there are instances of “wrongful discharge.” “At will employment” does not allow the employer to ignore laws such as a contractual agreements, and federal and state laws such as anti-discrimination laws on the basis, race, sex, and age. Further restrictions on termination include protections such as the Medical Leave Act, and sexual harassment laws.

As you can see, there are numerous laws that restrict an employer's right to terminate and also additional laws regarding the payment of wages, workers’ compensation laws, and ADA laws and regulations that protect an employee while in the workplace.

Use only reliable information at the Library or recommended web sites to help you make sense of your rights and responsibilities in the workplace.


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