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If you are an employee, your employer legally has to conform to all sorts of rules and regulations, and take on all sorts of responsibilities, to ensure that you can lead a positive quality of life while operating within their commercial premises and undertaking tasks that they employ you to carry out. So, it’s important that you are aware of these, so that you can raise issue if you feel that they aren’t being adhered to. Sure, it may be daunting raising issues with an employer – after all, you are financially reliant on them and the job that they provide you. However, you are within your rights to do so, and it’s important that you always exercise your rights! So, here are a few areas that you may find yourself having to stand up for yourself and a few pieces of advice to get you through these potentially difficult times!
Being Fired / Made Redundant
First things first, let’s make sure that you stay in the workplace and are being paid for your service to an employer for as long as possible. Every year, people are wrongfully dismissed from their jobs. This can have a profoundly negative impact on any individual’s life, as suddenly being out of work can result in all sorts of financial difficulties. If you feel that you have been fired unfairly, or have been wrongfully terminated at work, legal representatives will be able to take action and seek compensation on your behalf.
You have the right to be safe when working in any given commercial premises, whether this may be a retail store, an office, or another place of work. Not only should the building itself (including the furniture, fixtures, and fittings within it) be safe, but your employer should conduct risk assessments to ensure that any tasks that you are expected to carry out as part of your job role are safe too. This includes offering you training in specific tasks, such as lifting and moving heavy objects. If you believe there are potential risks in your workplace, you should discuss these with your employer, and it is then their responsibility to rectify any hazards. If you actually experience any injury in the workplace that it is not your fault, you should contact relevant legal help as soon as possible.
There are laws in place to ensure that nobody is discriminated against in any workplace. If you feel that you are being discriminated against because of any of the following characteristics, you should, again, seek legal advice:
- Race or Ethnicity
- Sexual Orientation
- Religion or Belief System
- Marital or Civil Partnership Status
- Being Transgender
As you can see, the general course of action when experiencing any sort of violation of rights in the workplace is to seek out legal help. Not only will this help to rectify your own situation, but it will prevent negligent employers from attempting to treat anyone else in a similar manner too!