Know Your Rights at Work

Laws exist to protect employees from discrimination and harassment. The rights of employees are protected by federal, state, and local laws, as well as by common law, for discriminatory or illegal behavior by their employers. But how can you ensure that your rights are protected in the workplace?

The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund is pleased to provide the Know Your Rights at Work resource. This resource, developed by experts, provides up-to-date content and reflects the latest legal developments, so you know you’re getting current information on workplace protection.

Workplace Laws


Title VII of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964


Family and Medical Leave Act

Family and Medical Leave


equal pay

Equal Pay


pregnancy discrimination

Pregnancy Discrimination



Workplace Sexual Harassment

Workplace Rights Weekly

Topic of the Week

Staying Safe: Spotting Violence at Work

According to security services firm Allied Burton, violence at work has been on the increase since the start of the recession in 2008. How can we all learn to be safer at work? I found a key part of the answer in a Peruvian festival.


Blog of the Week

Woman Says Employer Forced Her To Take Unpaid Leave While Pregnant

Jamie Cole's plan was to use saved up vacation and sick time to take a eight weeks paid off after the birth of her child. Instead, she says she was forced onto unpaid leave much earlier than she wanted.

Thought for the Week

"We accumulate our opinions at an age when our understanding is at its weakest."

–George C. Lichtenberg

List of the Week

from Vault

 Love At Work: Relationships at Work

  • 31% of survey respondents admitted having an office "husband" or "wife".
  • 18% of employees who had an office romance dated a supervisor.
  • 25% of survey respondents who engaged in an office romance dated a subordinate.

Top Five News Headlines

  1. How to raise the minimum wage 107 percent without losing jobs or profit
  2. Federal judge tosses suit aimed at halting unionization of Minnesota home health care workers
  3. US Labor Department proposes critical updates to sex discrimination guidelines.
  4. House panel kills minimum wage proposal
  5. Marching Band Delivers Petition To Citi Asking Banks To "Revoke License To Steal"