There are a lot of reasons why one might feel a reluctance to report their employer for wrongdoings or mishandling of situations. For one thing, many people are deeply tied to their jobs, and without their employer they may be just a paycheck or two away from financial ruin. But at the same time, allowing fear to prevent you from standing up for what is right and holding your employer accountable for their responsibilities only allows them to continue to sidestep responsibility and even take advantage of their employees. Not everything needs to be reported when your employer makes a misstep or honest mistake, but there are some situations that are inexcusable and must be reported for everyone’s sake. Here are three situations where you should report your employer.
Unethical or Illegal Practices
If your employer is engaging in any sort of unethical and or illegal practices, then you should absolutely report those immediately. The laws are there for the purpose of protecting employees, like yourself, and if your employer is circumventing those laws, they are absolutely taking advantage of their employees for their own benefit. Unethical behavior, on the other hand, may be more subtle than illegal practices but are just as harmful. Oftentimes unethical behavior goes unchecked as simply annoying, but with reporting and pressure, unethical behavior is oftentimes just as punishable by law. You do not have to put up with unethical or illegal practices at your place of work.
Another situation in which you should report your employer immediately is in the event of workplace discrimination. Over the past century there have been tons of laws passed to ensure that everyone is treated equally and without prejudice at their place of work and those rights should and must be upheld by your employer. If you experience or witness workplace discrimination, it is your duty to report your employer to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigates discrimination claims. Nobody, yourself included, should have to deal with workplace discrimination, and the only way to stop it is to report it when it happens.
And finally, the third situation that you should report your employer for is in case of violations of overtime pay requirements. Many times, employers will try to find creative workarounds to avoid having to pay you for overtime hours, whether it involves misclassifying hours, or spreading hours out to avoid paying the overtime pay rate. This is illegal and wrong, as you deserve to be compensated fairly for your work, and working more than forty hours in a week is worthy of being paid overtime. Report overtime violations as soon as they happen, since there is a two-year statute of limitations in collecting back pay.
Reporting an employer is never fun and can often be an anxiety ridden and frightening undertaking. However, there are certain situations in which reporting your employer is the absolute correct thing to do to make a positive change. If you have experienced or witnessed any of these violations, you should report them immediately.
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