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Knowing your rights can help you get the most from your job

Most workers in Pennsylvania know that they have certain rights as an employee. However, not everyone realizes how far these rights extend, or how to defend them if they are being breached. You may be too worried about getting onto the wrong side of your employer and potentially losing your job. Even though retaliatory discharge is illegal, it still happens all too often and deters many employees from standing up for the fair treatment they deserve.

However, with the right support, you may be able to take legal action against your employer or those within your workplace who are mistreating you. Not only could this lead to a more stable and friendly work environment, but you may even be awarded compensation. Every case is different, but knowing your rights can be extremely beneficial. These include the following:

  • Freedom from dangerous conditions.
  • Fair wages.
  • Freedom from harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

Unfortunately, all too many employers attempt to take advantage of their employees, while others favor some employees over others for reasons of race, age, gender or otherwise. Even with all the laws governing employment practices, proving that your rights have been breached can be a complicated and daunting process.

Fortunately, you do not need to figure it out on your own. Our page on employee rights has some information that may prove useful as you work to build your case. An attorney may also be able to advise you about your options and support you if you decide to file a claim. With the right guidance, you can challenge those responsible for your unfair treatment and may even help to prevent future employees facing the same difficulties.

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