We’ve all heard the old saying “turn the other cheek”. To do so means to ignore a slight or mistreatment at the hands of another person. It means we ignore it and carry on trying to do our best in life, with good intentions, rather than being dragged into the negativity of a tit-for-tat situation.
Unfortunately that doesn’t always work in the real world. Sometimes if you turn the other cheek, the abuse is only going to get worse. The problem continues, or gets bigger, and people believe you aren’t bothered by it because you’ve ‘turned the other cheek’. What a nightmare!
There are situations when you have to stand up for yourself at work. Times when you need to fight back and be heard. The law believes this too, and it is on your side if your rights have been violated. Let’s take a look now at 4 common workplace violations you should be aware of, because if you’re a victim to any of these situations, you have means to get things put right through the courts of law.
Personal injury is probably an obvious violation to most people. What some people fail to realise is that the injury doesn’t have to be debilitating. Any type of harm or injury you suffer entitles you to compensation. Likewise there is never a time when it is okay for your employer or colleagues to get physical with you.
In the past there were plenty of people who had to endure being wrongfully terminated. This meant they had been fired for an invalid reason. There are all kinds of reasons this happens, sometimes to save wages, save face or even just over personal reasons. Regardless, you can only be terminated from your contract for work related issues. Anything else, and you might be able to sue your former employer.
Discrimination includes poor treatment on a personal level, or limitation on a professional level. If any of this is based on factors such as your age, gender, race or sexuality, you have a great case for discrimination. There are other factors which people discriminate over too. If you feel you are being discriminated against or picked on, speak to a lawyer immediately – they can help you figure out whether your situation falls under discrimination or not.
Unpaid overtime is a big issue in employment law. By our nations laws, any worker who is engaged in duties that are necessary for their job (such as putting on a uniform or preparing the work area) must be paid while these activities take place. Likewise, if you are paid hourly you should be paid for any and all time that is worked – not just what was intended. That means if you have a 9 to 5 which regularly finishes at 6 o clock, you should be getting paid for that hour of overtime. Unless your contract states otherwise, you are always entitled to pay for time worked.