No one is above the law, including your boss. The National Labor Relations Act and a variety of statutes overseen by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission protect employees from hostile work environments, discrimination and unfair labor practices. There are also state and local regulations that employers must follow.
Davida S. Perry, managing partner with the law firm Schwartz Perry & Heller LLP in New York City, says workplace laws typically fall into three broad categories: human rights laws, wage and hour laws and whistleblower laws. Keep reading for a breakdown of what those laws prohibit, how a hostile workplace is defined and what you should do if a manager or co-worker is harassing you.
Workplace Laws Your Employer May Be Violating
Not all workplace laws apply to every business and employee. For instance, some small businesses may be exempt from certain requirements and managers may not have all the same wage protections as hourly workers. What's more, state laws can vary.
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