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Publication Type: Know Your Rights
It is becoming common for employers to ask workers to sign all sorts of agreements before starting work. Read carefully and ask questions before signing anything.
We hope this booklet will help you understand more about your rights as a worker in North Carolina. If you are having a problem at work, here are some things you might want to do:
Hundreds of state and federal laws deny privileges and rights to individuals based on their criminal records, including public benefits, occupational licensing, and child custody. Additionally, many private employers and landlords have screening practices that severely limit opportunities for gainful employment and affordable housing for individuals with criminal records.
If you have been injured on the job, you may have the right to workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation provides benefits to workers who are injured on the job or who have an illness, disease, or disability caused or made worse by workplace conditions.
Unemployment insurance provides workers with temporary and partial replacement of lost wages during periods of unemployment.
You have the right to be paid for your work. Wage theft is what happens when your boss does not pay you for work you have done, or does not pay you the right amount.
There are several federal laws that provide protections against discrimination and sexual harassment for pregnant women and parents. In addition, there are new provisions to help accommodate breastfeeding mothers.
Employers sometimes incorrectly call their employees independent contractors instead of employees. This is called misclassification.
A growing number of employers in North Carolina are using J-1 workers to replace other employees. These workers come to the U.S. on a J-1 visa sponsored by a cultural exchange agency, and are placed with employers for a temporary period.