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

Rules of the Road--Job Realities in Tough Times:

It may sound totally off the wall, but there is no better time to get the job you really want than in a difficult economy. Why? Read on to find out!


Blog of the Week

U.N. Special Report: U.S. Workers Restricted in Exercising Basic Union Rights

A new report finds that the United States fails to uphold the most basic rights of workers, particularly in the South, where some states “support or collude with employers to infringe upon workers’ rights to peaceful assembly and association.”

Thought for the Week

"Always be smarter than the people who hire you."

–Lena Horne

List of the Week

from Towers Watson

Engagement matters: Engaged employees vs. non engaged

  • Companies with engaged employees had a 19% in income in twelve months
  • While companies with disengaged employees suffered a 34% decrease in income  

Top Five News Headlines

  1. ‘Too Busy’ to Vote? Now You Can’t Blame Your Boss
  2. Work Advice: Yes, the new overtime rule probably applies to your small business
  3. The Itsy-Bitsy, Teensy-Weensy, Tiny Fine Print That Can Allow Sexual Harassment Claims to Go Unheard
  4. Justice Dept. asks to join civil rights suit by fired police officials in Pocomoke, Md.
  5. Harvard’s Striking Workers Have a Secret Weapon