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Social Security Disability and the Workplace

Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 2:10PM

There are many myths about your rights in the workplace, and many can be just plain confusing as the lines of workplace law can be very vague. Many people unfortunately discover that just because something is mean, unkind, or seems unfair, doesn't mean it is illegal.

Here are the facts, rather than the myths, concerning some of the most misunderstood workplace rights, and what an employer can and cannot do.

It is not illegal for an interviewer to ask about your religion, national origin, marital status, number of children, parents' health, etc. What is illegal is basing a hiring decision on the answers to these questions, or to ask about disabilities.
It is legal for your employer to give a detailed reference about you, including negative information, as long as it is accurate.
Bullying or being obnoxious or bossy is bad management, but it is not illegal, unless the reason you're being targeted is because of your race, gender, religion, or other protected class.
No state or federal law requires paid vacation time, and only a few require paid sick leave.
Your employer has the right to change your job dramatically, at any time, for any reason.
You can be required to attend events outside of your normal work hours, including trainings and meetings, with no extra pay if you are an exempt employee.
There is no federal law that requires workers to receive lunch or any other type of break.
You cannot sue if your boss makes what you believe to be an offensive or discriminatory remark, because one remark isn't enough for a discrimination lawsuit. A suit requires offensive conduct so severe that it alters the terms of your employment.
No law requires employees to receive warning before they are fired, and your employer can fire you for any reason, or no reason at all, with two exceptions: if you have a contract, or if your company's employee manual has specified disciplinary procedures that must be followed.

Hopefully you will never need to learn more about these rights during your career, but if you suffer from a serious illness or have received a serious injury that prevents your from working on a daily basis, you may be entitled to Social Security disability benefits. Your Daytona Beach lawyers are happy to talk to you regarding any questions you have concerning Social Security disability, and we will not charge a fee unless we win your case.

Originally, the Social Security disability system was set up for the average person to be able to access benefits they were entitled to without the need of an attorney. Unfortunately, the system has grown so large and complicated that most people now find they need the assistance of an attorney.

Call or contact a Daytona Beach Social Security disability lawyer at Seitz and Tresher today. We are here to help.

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