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Question of the Month

From the Catherwood Library reference librarians

December 2004

PLEASE NOTE: The Reference Question of the Month is kept current only during the month for which it was written. Archived questions will not be updated, and over time may contain inaccurate information or broken web links. We provide archived questions as a service, since much of the information will remain accurate and of continued interest to the ILR community.

Question: Something is happening at work, or my supervisor has taken action that I don't think is legal.  What are my rights in the workplace?

Answer: Library staff cannot provide you with legal advice - to obtain such advice, you should contact an attorney licensed to practice law in your jurisdiction. However, there are several online sources you can check to get a general overview of your employment rights. In reviewing these sources, remember that the answer to your question may also depend on the laws of the state or city you work in, your employment contract, your employer's human resource policies, or the collective bargaining agreement you're under.


A good place to start is with a general employment law site. Here are several:


If you want information in a specific employment law area, take a look at these sites:

AGE DISCRIMINATION

DISABILITY ISSUES

FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT

RACE DISCRIMINATION

SEX DISCRIMINATION/SEXUAL HARRASSMENT

SEXUAL ORIENTATION DISCRIMINATION

UNION ISSUES

VETERAN'S RIGHTS

WHISTLEBLOWER ISSUES


If you want to find a lawyer, these sites can help: