THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS
Federal and state laws protect workers in New Mexico, so they aren’t subjected to abuses and unlawful practices. Those laws, however, are frequently violated, and workers endure hostility, harassment, and retaliation.
Top Three Workplace Complaints
Workplaces shouldn’t be full of strife and employees shouldn’t have to endure abusive practices in the workplace. Below are some of the more common workplace abuses:
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission receives over 30,000 race discrimination claims year making it the leading cause of unlawful practices complaints. Racial discrimination takes on many forms like discriminatory hiring practices, denied promotions and raises, wage discrimination and wrongful termination.
If you are subjected to racial discrimination, your first step should be to report the behavior to your employer and give them a chance to take corrective actions. Once you report to your employer, you also need to file a complaint with the EEOC and the New Mexico Department of Workplace Solutions. After that, visit USAttorneys and get the advice of an employment law attorney.
You should notify your employer and give them a chance to take appropriate action. That can include writing an employee up or terminating them. If reporting an incident doesn’t remedy the problem, then you should contact the EEOC and the Maine Human Rights Commission and file a report.
Like racial discrimination, sexual harassment is common in workplaces across New Mexico. The EEOC receives over 25,000 sexual harassment, and sexual discrimination claims each year because employers refuse to take action when the problem arises, and the abuses persist.
New Mexico’s wage laws are enforced by the Wage and Act Bureau, a division of the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. The agency ensures employers are complying with the following statutes:
Minimum Wage Act (New Mexico’s minimum wage is $7.50.)
Day Labor Act Wage Claim
Public Works Minimum Wage Act (Oversees wages to laborers and mechanics.)
If you have a complaint about a wage violation or other unlawful labor practices, contact the state agency listed below:
121 Tijeras NE,
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Labor Relations- Las Cruces
226 South Alameda Blvd
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Labor Relations- Santa Fe
1596 Pacheco Street,
Santa Fe, NM 87505
What Are a Worker’s Protections?
In 1964, the Civil Rights Act was passed by Congress and gave workers protections from discrimination and harassment. The law forbids the “unequal application of voter registration requirements, racial segregation in schools, employment, and public accommodations.” The law also outlines the legal remedies a worker has if they are subjected to a hostile work environment.
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