Labor Rights Week

Trial lawyers have fought long and hard to protect the rights of workers. When a worker is injured, sickened, or killed on the job; when an employer withholds the rightfully earned wages of their employees; when workers are new to the country and need access to the justice system, trial lawyers fight to secure justice for them and their families. 

All workers deserve a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. 

 

Originally posted on the United States Department of Labor blog, “Work in Progress.”

We All Have Rights: A Safe and Healthy Workplace is One of Them!

by DR. DAVID MICHAELS

Your job should not cost you your life. Or a limb. Or your lungs.

If you work in the United States, you have the right to come home safe and healthy from your job at the end of every shift. At OSHA, our job is to help make sure that employers protect every worker from being hurt, sickened or killed on the job.

As a worker in the United States, you have the right to:

  • Raise workplace safety and health concerns or report workplace injuries and illnesses to your employer without being punished – fired, demoted or retaliated against in any other way.
  • File a complaint with OSHA if you think your workplace is dangerous. We will keep it confidential.
  • See records of injuries and illnesses that have occurred in your workplace.

This Labor Rights Week, Aug. 25-29, we want to make sure that all workers understand that we all have these rights, and we are here to make sure those rights are respected. To ensure that all workers have a fair shot at making a living and providing for their families, OSHA enforces the law that requires employers to maintain a safe workplace, free of recognized hazards and provide workers with the training, tools and equipment they need to do their jobs safely.

Depending on your job, this can mean protection from falls, proper clothing and medical exams if you work with asbestos or lead, hearing protection if you are exposed to loud noise, or special training if you work around hazardous chemicals. Training must be provided in a language and vocabulary that you can understand.

Recognizing the particularly vulnerable status of certain worker groups, OSHA, in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, released recommended practicesearlier this week for staffing agencies and host employers to better protect temporary workers from hazards on the job.

In addition to the work we do every day, we will be joining with businesses, labor groups, universities and community organizations to host outreach events this week in recognition of Labor Rights Week. We’re also establishing or strengthening partnerships with foreign embassies and consulates from California to Texas to Massachusetts on protecting the rights of workers.

To learn more about events in your area, visit our Labor Rights Week events page. For more information about workers’ rights to a safe and healthy workplace, visit www.osha.gov/workers. To report a workplace safety or health hazard or learn more, call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).

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