Statute of Limitations on Workplace Harassment

With so many hours spent on the job, few things are more uncomfortable than facing harassment in the workplace. If your employer singles you out for discriminatory treatment, you can file a complaint for harassment with federal, state or local agencies. But you only have a certain amount of time to file your claim, and that period is called the statute of limitations.

How to File Criminal Charges for Harassment

If you believe that you are being harassed, you should report it to the police and ask that criminal charges be instituted. If the harassment is extreme, and you believe that you are in danger of imminent harm, call 911 immediately. If you have been harassed, you can either go to the police station and make a report in person, or you can call the non-emergency number for your local police department to report the harassment. Every state defines harassment differently, so you will need to determine if the behavior constitutes harassment in your state. You can look up the definition on the American Bar Association website. (See the first link in the References section at the end of this article).

Texas State Law on Harassment in the Workplace

Texas state law expressly forbids harassment or discrimination in the workplace. Discrimination differs slightly from harassment, but harassment constitutes one of the many forms of discrimination. Though sexual harassment receives the lion's share of attention in harassment literature, Texas bans all forms of harassment from the workplace, including forms of pestering and threatening. As per the Texas penal code, harassment constitutes a crime and is punished accordingly.

California At-Will Employment Laws

Exceptions to the "At-Will" Employment Rule

Being an at-will employee means your employer doesn't necessarily have to have a good reason to let you go. He can simply decide that he doesn't like you and end the employment relationship. There are certain circumstances under which an employer can't terminate your employment, however, at least not without opening himself up to a lawsuit.

Public Policy Exception

How to Pay Out PTO When an Employee Leaves

The Fair Labor Standards Act does not regulate paid time off, which covers vacation and sick or personal leave. As a result, employers must examine whether state law requires it to pay employees for unused time upon separation, as well applicable payment procedures, including rate of pay and due date. If state law does not mandate payout, company policy generally prevails.

State & Federal Law About Hourly Workers Being Late

Federal and state labor laws do not require an employee to be on time for work. However, an employer is not obligated to pay an employee for time he is not at work and in most cases can terminate an employee for being late.

California Labor Laws About Timecards

Employers are not required to maintain timecards for exempt employees in California. However, they are required to maintain them for nonexempt employees. Timecards should include all pertinent information about hours worked, breaks taken and wages paid.

Laws for Temporary Workers After Two Years of Employment

Temporary workers are hired by companies for a limited period of time, usually to fill in for a permanent employee or to help out on an assignment with a defined end date. Employers who hire temporary workers don't pay health insurance and retirement benefits, and they generally pay temporary employees less wages than permanent employees performing similar jobs. Since temporary employees cost companies less to employ, there are now laws in place to prevent employment abuse.

How to Report Labor Law Violations in Louisiana

Louisiana employers must follow laws mandated by various federal and state agencies regarding employees and their working conditions. If an employer does not follow the applicable laws, an employee can contact the state or national agency that governs the situation for assistance in resolving the violation.

California Labor Laws About Bathroom Breaks

California provides most employees the legal right to take short rest breaks, one of the main purposes of which is to have time to use the restroom. Workers also have the right to use the restroom in a reasonable manner outside of their regular rest breaks. The California Department of Industrial Relations website uses plain language to explain California labor law to workers. California offers more generous benefits to workers regarding breaks than do most other states.

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