We’re living in a moment where people are finally starting to question whether their jobs are wholly good for them. Individuals have been speaking up about bad treatment from their work, and it’s likely these stories are only become more common and expand into new areas. The truth is, many of us have stories about a toxic environment of some sort, in which we or someone we knew were taken advantage of.
Before getting into just how our work can harm us, I want to say upfront that not every workplace is toxic. Many jobs come with caring managers who try hard to avoid any of the following issues. Many businesses do their utmost to keep their employees safe and make sure they are treated fairly and justly. Unfortunately, many businesses don’t do these things, and many managers aren’t interested in their employees except as tools they can take advantage of. The more we become aware of these bad businesses and bad managers, and how they are taking advantage of us, the better.
So, without further preface, here are some of the ways businesses have been harming individuals, according to one of Austin’s major employment lawyers, the Melton Law Firm.
- Wrongful termination: This involves someone getting fired not because of performance but for illegal reasons.
- Discrimination: No business has the right to discriminate against you because of your gender, race, religion, or other characteristics.
- Sexual harassment: The big issue in the news lately, and surely one of the most widespread employment issues around the country.
- Overtime and wage issues: If you aren’t getting paid for your work, you aren’t being treated fairly, and you are entitled to recovering those wages.
- Hostile work environment: A bit of a catchall that covers a lot of ways a business can make you and other employees uncomfortable.
- Civil rights: Sometimes related to discrimination, this is when your business isn’t treating you as an equal because of a personal characteristic.
- Retaliation: Are you being mistreated as revenge for something you said or did? That’s illegal.
- Whistleblowers: Often the reason you’re experiencing retaliation is related to whistleblowing. Whistleblowers are protected by the law.
- Equal pay: Not getting paid the same as others of the same skill level and experience? That’s not right either.
- Personal injury: If you’ve been hurt at work, you have the right to workers’ compensation. Anyone keeping you from getting that compensation is denying you your rights.
The good news about all of the above categories laid out by Melton Law is that they’re all illegal. That means we all have a way to end the unfair and toxic practices we are experiencing.
The best way to make these issues go away in our society in general is to speak up, press our cases, and pursue legal means when necessary. The more businesses realize they can’t get away with their bad behavior anymore, the better we will all be, no matter where we work.Read More