Barnes Law Firm

To Protect Your Rights At Work, First Understand What They Are

Work is a basic need for most people. Both state and federal laws protecting workers’ rights have come into existence thanks to many past struggles by employees of previous generations.

With a careful review of laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), you can better understand your rights on the job.

Some of the most basic employment rights for most Missouri workers are as follows:

  • The right to minimum wage ($7.50 per hour when federal law applies and $11.15 per hour when Missouri law applies)
  • The right to be classified correctly as an exempt or nonexempt employee
  • The right to expect your employer to comply with terms of your employment contract, including providing applicable benefits such as health insurance and paid time off
  • The right to employee benefits when you are doing the work of an employee, even if your employer wrongly claims you are simply an independent contractor
  • The right to be paid overtime when applicable
  • The right to meal and rest breaks, per federal labor laws
  • The right to freedom from age discrimination if you are 40 years old or above
  • The right to work without mandatorily joining a union
  • The right to freedom from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin or creed (religion)
  • The right to freedom from sexual harassment
  • The right to freedom from a hostile work environment
  • The right to a safe workplace, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • The right to workers’ compensation after an injury in the course of work activities
  • The right to family and medical leave per the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • The right to take time off work to vote

Some of these employee rights apply when employers have six or more employees (per the MHRA) or more than 15 workers (per the federal government). Some are spelled out in state laws; others are spelled out in federal laws.

What To Do If Your Employee Rights Are Not Respected

Our employment law attorneys are ready to provide individualized evaluations of your situation after your rights as an employee have apparently been violated. We can help you prepare to document your case as you report violations to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at the federal level or the Missouri Commission on Human Rights at the state level. Then, if your employer retaliates against you, you will have the evidence that you will need to bring a claim or lawsuit against your employer or past employer.

To schedule a consultation on any employment rights issues at your Missouri workplace, call us at 816-608-4065 or complete our online inquiry form.