In his book American Creation, Joseph Ellis asserts that the following sentence is not only “one of the best known sentences in the English language,” it also contains “the most potent and consequential words in American History.”
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit Happiness.”
– United States Declaration of Independence
When a citizen of the United States of America pursues an honest career, it is the duty of his or her employer (or potential employer) to uphold its own honesty and integrity. In cases when employers mismanage or abuse the rights of their employees, certain actions can be taken.
EMPLOYMENT LAWS TO PROTECT YOU
Federal and Oklahoma state laws are set up to protect you from harassment, discrimination, and withholding of wages owed. In fact, the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), Oklahoma State Law, and many more laws relating to employment are set up to prevent dishonest, unfair, and illegal behavior. Some of these behaviors include:
- Long Term Disability
- Wrongful Overtime Withholding
- “Timecard” Disputes (Hours Worked and Wages Earned)
- Sexual Harassment
- Wrongful Termination
Long Term Disability – Something called the Employee Retirement Income Security Act was set in place in 1974 to ensure proper compensation for those with long-term disabilities.
Wrongful overtime withholding and disputes over hours worked or wages earned may be considered abusive and are issues that federal and Oklahoma state laws are set up to address.
No one should have to deal with unwanted advances in the workplace. Especially if the idea of being fired was suggested as leverage for compliance. Sexual Harassment laws are in place to protect you.
The laws are clear about wrongful termination. No one is to lose their job based on religious beliefs, age, race, disability or sex (or any of a list of other illegal reasons spelled out in federal and state laws).
THE RIGHT COUNSEL
If you feel you have been mistreated or taken advantage of by your employer, prospective employer, or manager, you will want to talk with an attorney that can represent you and your legal rights well. The Oklahoma employment attorneys at Foshee & Yaffe have the experience and knowledge you need to make the right choice going forward.