Kentucky employees might think that wage and hour claims for employer violations are limited to not getting paid what they are owed per hour. That is part of it, but there are other aspects of the law that will protect workers too. There are many laws that employers are required to adhere to in how workers are treated and that extends to various areas. For employees who are facing violations, it is important to understand their rights and that they are entitled to certain benefits. That includes breaks.
Back in April, Governor Matt Bevin signed Senate Bill 18, known as the Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act, into effect. This new law amends the Kentucky Civil Rights Act to further clarify how employers with at least 15 employees should accommodate workers that are expecting soon. Employers are also required to provide notices of this new law to their workers starting on June 27.
The term "sexual harassment" is becoming synonymous with legal filings for workplace violations in Kentucky and across the nation. Part of that is due to the newfound willingness many victims are exhibiting in speaking up to put a stop to the behavior. Part of it is because the "me too" movement on social media and other positive steps have shined more light on the issue. Regardless of why people are feeling free to come forward, there remain a significant number who are unsure of how to respond when they have been confronted with sexual harassment. Fortunately, there are legal remedies to be compensated after being sexually harassed.
In Kentucky and across the nation, there is still a dispute as to how far anti-discrimination laws should go in protecting people based on sexual orientation/transgender rights. There are many laws shielding employees or prospective employees who are confronted with disability discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and more. But there is an ongoing debate regarding this issue as it is gaining greater attention. This will be a critical concern in the future and people should be aware of it to ensure their rights are protected.