When we think of ‘standing up for our rights,’ it’s hard not to think of them in explicitly political terms. Of course, the fact that we have rights anyway is absolutely a political invention, and as such, this process can never be divorced from that entirely. However, it’s also important to consider where our rights are usually most exercised, and how to defend them.
Mostly, your rights will come into play throughout your career and how you’ve managed. For instance, it’s not uncommon to feel obligated to work beyond the terms of your contract when employed, especially if social pressure is being mounted on you in this light, even when you’re more than justified in refusing to do that.
Standing up for our rights at work can be a tricky subject, particularly as managers can seemingly use any justification to prevent our promotion chances or even keeping our job. This process, then, is perhaps more complex than it seems on the surface. In this guide, we hope to discuss this and potentially give some advice to help:
Understand Your Employment Rights
Understanding your employment rights is a very important and worthwhile venture. It takes some time to pore over your contact and employment law, but it can be helpful to do so. For instance, this will aid you in seeing what kind of worker’s compensation insurance you have, or how much overtime you’re allowed to work, or perhaps how long you’re allowed to drive and how many shifts you can take back to back. Without understanding your rights, it’s hard to stand up for them.
Protect Yourself When In Need
Rights are unfortunately lost when we let them slip, and when we don’t know of them or enforce them. For instance, it might be that you’re being somewhat forced to work a holiday when it’s your right to take it off, and you have already booked an essential family event for some time. Protecting yourself when in need instead of allowing your boss to walk over you can help you establish a standard of respect, and make sure you take the concessions you are afforded. In this way, you can act according to the respect given to you, and according to the rights that are honored.
Know When To Take Things Further
Knowing when to escalate our case and take things further can be important, because if that moment never comes, then even the worst scenarios may not have a satisfactory or justified conclusion. For instance, bringing a wrongful termination lawsuit to a tribunal can be essential in helping you protect revenue losses you may have suffered from. Furthermore, enlisting the help of personal injury attorneys ready to serve you can aid you in standing up for your rights and proving negligence if necessary. Remember that you’re not beyond your bounds to use legal help of this nature – it can make a tremendous difference.
With this advice, we hope you can more readily stand up for your rights at work.