Are You Experiencing Discrimination or Other Issues at Work?
While it is true that Alabama is an at-will state and workers can be dismissed for any, or no reason at all, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (also known as the EEOC), enforces federal laws which prohibit discrimination or harassment in the workplace based upon a job applicant or employee’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. Additionally, the EEOC enforces federal laws that require reasonable workplace accommodations because of a person’s disability or religious beliefs. Not only that, the EEOC enforces federal law that makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who complain about job discrimination, or assist with a job discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
Likewise, federal and state laws also protect employees from unfair labor practices. The federal government and the State of Alabama have wage and hour laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that mandate how long an employee can work and whether or not the employee must be paid overtime for any hours worked beyond a full-time work week.
Employees also have rights where their families are concerned. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires that employers provide employees time off to have a baby or attend to an immediate family member’s serious illness.
In addition, employment laws regulate workplace conditions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that employers provide a safe working environment.
If you believe that you have been a victim of workplace discrimination, wrongful termination, or that your rights as an employee have been violated contact one of our Montgomery employment lawyers today.