Employee rights in America are protected by both individual state legislatures, as well as the Federal government.
Certain rights may vary from state to state, such as laws regarding wrongful termination and right to work. Some practices, on the other hand, are prohibited in ANY state. These include laws regarding racial discrimination, sexual or religious discrimination, sexual harassment in the workplace, and the mis-use of certain employee benefits such as workers compensation, pension funds, and payroll taxes, which can all result in serious legal fines, or even imprisonment.
During the course of employment with a company, the employer may request, or even require you to sign various employment contracts or documents. These may include everything from insurance eligibility forms and performance warnings, to non-competition agreements and partnership or stock option contracts.
While many of these can be very positive from an employee's perspective, these agreements are inevitably provided by the employer, who is looking out for his own best interest, and not always the interest of the employee. The simple act of signing any employment contract can have long-term implications on both your income and career.
If you feel your employee rights have been violated, or you have been asked to sign any work-related documents, it's ALWAYS best to seek the advice of a qualified Employment Attorney.
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