There are many issues that occur in the workplace, but we are seeing a lot of headlines in the news lately about strikes. Postal workers are striking, teachers are striking, nurses have walked the line, and there are still picket lines going up all over the country from train drivers. Understanding why this is happening is one thing, but learning why employees seem to sue and strike in mass is important.
Employees find a mass torts lawyer to help them with their case when they have one, but there are so many common reasons for why employees seek to sue their employer or actually go ahead with it. Let’s take a look at that list below.
Lack of benefits. You may have noticed teachers and postal workers striking due to unsafe and unfair working conditions. So many industries out there are recording record billion dollar profits in the margins and their sales, and yet you’ll see the workers – the people that actually make the sales-– strike and sue because they are left on poverty wages with no benefits. If you are dealing with an employer who has revoked your benefits or hasn’t offered you any in the first place, you and your colleagues may get together and decide to sue that employer. It makes sense, because it’s not easy to deal with the workplace and expect you to work for free.
When they are fired unfairly. Long time employees will often seek legal advice when they have been terminated, no matter what the reason is. Even if there is no reason, they will seek medical advice for that, to. Generally, there is an actionable course of action against the employer because the employee has been terminated for a reason, but it’s important to get that legal advice if you feel you have been unfairly fired.
Independent contractors hired as employees. Most independent contract agreements are not valid, and this is usually because they are lacking in something or because the employee is acting as a contractor and the contractor is acting as an employee. Employers should not be using independent contractor agreements to hire full-time employees because there are different rules for each. There are so many disadvantages to the employee hired as an independent contractor and they end up seeking legal advice as a result of trying to fix those disadvantages.
When rights are removed. If you have religious employees in your group, you haven’t been granted space to pray, that’s a pretty good reason for them to sue. Some employees will often seek to advance if their religious rights are breached, and so they should – it is their fundamental right to do this. If the employer is removing rights, whether that is religion, or the right to breastfeed in public from a post natal woman, then the employees will gather together and they will sue that employer.
Whatever the reason may be, no one goes through the rigmarole of suing their employer for no reason.