Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP on Employee Rights

What are Employee Rights?

All employees have fundamental workplace rights which are often governed by federal and state laws. Employers are obligated to implement fair compensation without adhering to discriminatory practices and wage violations. Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP focuses on civil litigation and represents current and former employees nationwide whose employers have not complied with federal laws governing minimum wage, hours worked, overtime, and reimbursed business expenses. The relationship between employer and employee is a contractual obligation based on mutual respect and is a primary component of a work environment. With over 20 years of complex civil litigation experience, Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, has led numerous high-profile cases, providing significant recoveries to employees. The firm outlines the basic rights employees are entitled to in a professional workspace:

Anti-Harassment & Non-Discrimination

Employee discrimination is unfavorable treatment in a workplace due to factors such as race, sex, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, and physical or mental disability. Federal and state laws prohibit discriminatory practices and aim to ensure equality. As a minority-owned firm, Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP is deeply invested in protecting employees from various unfortunate circumstances that may arise.

Similarly, harassment is a form of discrimination which includes unwanted advances which one can interpret as both offensive or abusive behavior. Components of workplace harassment include sexual advances, offensive slurs, intimidation, and ridicule. Harassment ultimately creates a hostile work environment and employers should not tolerate it in the workspace.

Right to Fair Wages

It is imperative that employees be fairly compensated for their hours worked, on time, and in full. Employers often misclassify employees as exempt from proper compensation requirements. Wage and overtime violations include improper deductions from employee paychecks, unpaid meal and rest breaks, and miscalculation of overtime rates. Federal and state laws indicate that employees should be paid overtime according to their hours worked with commission properly factored in.


According to Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, retaliation laws are designed to protect individuals against retaliatory practices. Certain employers may punish employees through various disciplinary actions for reporting employment practices. Retaliation may come in the form of harassment, wrongful termination, and suspension.

Medical Leave (FMLA)

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, ensures employers provide eligible employees with leave for qualified medical reasons. The act requires that individuals not be at risk of losing their job and maintain their designated health benefits. Qualifying FMLA reasons may include a serious health condition, a birth of a child, or to provide care for a family member or spouse.

Right to a Safe Workplace

All employers should maintain a workspace free of potential safety hazards and dangerous health threats. If a worker feels as though their health or safety is at risk, they have the right to refuse work and can report certain violations.

Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Are Trusted and Experienced Professionals

Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP is a national litigation law firm with headquarters in New York City and additional offices in in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Atlanta and California. The firm also practices in areas of securities, anti-trust and consumer class action litigation. For more information on employee rights and civil litigation, visit www.faruqilaw.com.