Remote workers have rights and protections just like in-office workers do. If an employer violates their rights or state employment laws, they must be held accountable. Here is what remote workers should know and when they should think about contacting a Chesterfield County worker retaliation attorney.
Which Laws Also Apply to Remote Workers?
If a company hires a remote worker, the same federal and state laws that would apply to a new in-house employee would also apply to them. This means that companies must stick to laws concerning, for example:
- Minimum wage
- Overtime pay
- Breaks and meal breaks
- Paid time off
- Employees taking leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act
Employers must also make accommodations for disabled workers, whether they commute to work or not.
Can Remote Workers Sue Over Discrimination or Harassment?
Remote workers are also protected from discrimination or harassment. Federal law prohibits discrimination based on characteristics like race, age, gender, or disability. A company cannot violate those protections just because an employee does not work on-site.
People who work remotely can also be harassed. If a remote worker feels like they are being treated differently or that they are working in a hostile environment, they have the right to complain. A company can be given chances to fix these types of problems, but repeatedly violating employment laws can get them into trouble with state and federal laws.
How Can a Remote Worker Report a Problem?
Making a report to HR is one of the first things that you should do. Document everything and then submit a complaint. Much of the time, this is all that will be needed to stop the bad behavior from your bosses or other employees.
When it is not enough, you need to make a complaint about discrimination or harassment to the state or federal government. If you want to reach out to the Virginia state government, you would file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights. Alternatively, you can reach out to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC. If you suspect wage theft, you will want to contact the state’s Department of Labor.
If your complaint is compelling enough, these agencies can investigate your employer. You could be awarded backpay and other damages. Your employer might also have to pay civil fines. It is a good idea to have a lawyer help you with your complaint. The more effective your complaint is, the more likely it is that your employer will be held accountable.
Talk to an Employment Lawyer
When you are ready to learn more about what an employment lawyer can do for you, contact Passero Employment Law. Schedule a consultation with an attorney and learn more about the protections afforded to you as a remote employee and whether or not your rights have been violated.