Telecommunications leader AT&T is being accused of wage-and-hour violations by some of its employees. People in Indiana and across the country may be dismayed to hear how the company is allegedly treating its workers. Employees for the company in another state have filed a class-action lawsuit against the giant, alleging that they were not given overtime pay. The affected employees also believe that they were improperly classified, making them ineligible to receive overtime, and the company did not abide by the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Workers in Indiana may want to find out when an employer is legally permitted to make deductions from a paycheck. There are some circumstances when an employer can make a deduction, but the employer must let the employee know about the deduction ahead of time. An agreement about the deduction must also be made in writing, and the agreement must be signed by both he employee and the employer.
Indiana is a "right to work" state, which means that the state's workers are not required to join unions. However, that doesn't mean that workers are without protections. The state has a set of laws in place that establish requirements on both employee compensation and work hours. If employers violated these laws, they could face fines from the state. In some cases, employees could file a suit against the employer.
Everyone is entitled to fair treatment in their place of work. If you are doing your job and adhering to the rules, then why should there be a problem? Unfortunately, some people deliberately create a hostile or uncomfortable work environment for their colleagues or employees and this problem is sadly present in Indiana. Often this is the result of discrimination against a person for their age, race, sexuality or any other characteristic that the discriminatory individual chooses to single them out for.
Indiana is an employment-at-will state. Because of this, many employees can be fired for almost any reason. However, this does not mean that you have no right to contest such a decision if you feel it was unfair or in breach of your statutory rights. Wrongful termination is not something to be taken lightly as it can have a serious impact on your day to day life. It is important to challenge such decisions, although it can sometimes be a long and difficult process.
A radiologic technician who was stationed with U.S. troops overseas has filed a lawsuit in Indiana against her employer. Onsite Occupational Health and Safety Inc. has been accused of omitting overtime when paying its medical workers in Afghanistan. In a statement to the Associated Press, an OHS human resources executive said that he believes the company has paid the plaintiff and its other employees properly.
In the broadest sense, if you work for a private company, you can be fired for whatever reason at any time. As an employee, you can also quit at any time for whatever reason. That’s what’s called “employment at will.” However, there are exceptions. First, if your contract says otherwise, you are bound by that. Second, you cannot be fired for your religion, sex or race. In addition, employer retaliation protection extends to some forms of speech and political affiliation, protecting you from being fired for being a Democrat, Republican or otherwise.
Beyond just a source of income to provide for your family, a job offers a sense of identity and pride for most Indianans. So, when it's taken away, the sense of loss can be devastating. There are times when employers need to lay off workers as a result of necessary cutbacks or an employee's poor performance, but that's not always the case. Perfectly capable employees suffer wrongful termination all the time for reasons that run the gamut from retaliation to discrimination.
What would you do if you were faced with this dilemma: you enjoy your job and need it to support yourself or your family, but you know that your employer is willfully breaking the law? Would you have the courage to stand up to your superiors if you knew they were doing something legally or even morally wrong, even if it means you could face retaliation? Yes, the state and federal government does provide whistleblower protection to individuals who speak out against their employer, but it's not always that black and white.
When faced with medical challenges, it can be difficult to continue working or in the same way as has been previously done. The law provides protection for those individuals who have medical challenges. The law requires employers to make accommodations for employees with medical challenges. But what if an employer fails to obey the law and then engages in employer retaliation when complaints are made?