Retaliation is any action taken by an employer to punish or “get back at” an employee who reports illegal or discriminatory conduct or brings or participates in legal actions against the employer. Like discrimination, retaliation is illegal under federal employment law. Virtually all rights granted to employees under federal statutes are also protected from the threat of employer retaliation by laws and agencies.
Employees are legally entitled to up to twelve weeks of medical leave per year, although employers may decide whether this time off will be paid or unpaid. If the company cannot reserve an employee’s position while he or she is on leave, the employee is entitled to a job with equal pay, benefits, and responsibilities.
Although discrimination in the workplace has been addressed in many federal laws, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Equal Pay Act (EPA), it continues to be a very real problem even today. Despite changes in society as a whole, many Austin employees still face on-the-job discrimination from both their employers and their peers.
Unpaid Overtime and Misclassification
Employees are due overtime pay for working more than 40 hours per week in most situations. Federal law requires this.
Overtime generally means earning additional pay for time worked after the employee ends a regular workday, usually an eight-hour day. If you work overtime, your employer must do two things:
- Keep detailed time records, and
- Pay at least one and a half times your regular pay rate.
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