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Information & Resources for Workers

Are you experiencing a problem on the job? Do you have a question about your rights as an employee?  Do you want to know which government agency you should contact?

American Rights at Work can point you in the right direction.** 

Read below if you believe:

To find out more about how to form or join a union, click here.

If you believe your rights to organize, form, or support a union have been violated, or that you have been unfairly punished for your union support or activity, you may wish to contact the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

The National Labor Relations Board enforces and protects the rights of employees to form unions, except for employees of the airline or railroad industries or the federal government (for state and local employees, your rights to organize are determined by state or local laws).

Contact the NLRB to learn about your rights under the law and how to file an unfair labor practice charge:

Online: http://www.nlrb.gov/nlrb/shared_files/brochures/engulp.asp
By Phone: 1-866-667-NLRB (6572)

If you are an employee of the airline or railway industry and believe your rights to organize, form, or support a union have been violated, or that you have been unfairly punished for your union support or activity, you may wish to contact the National Mediation Board (NMB). 

Contact the NMB to learn about your rights under the law and how to file a complaint:

Online: http://www.nmb.gov/helpdesk/helpdeskV5.htm
By Phone: 202-692-5000

If you are a federal government employee and believe your rights to organize, form, or support a union have been violated, or that you have been unfairly punished for your union support or activity, you may wish to contact the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA). 

Contact the FLRA to file a complaint and learn more about your rights under the law: 

Online: http://www.flra.gov
By Phone: 1-800-331-FLRA (3572) OR 202-218-7770 x7744

If you have safety concerns about your workplace, you may wish to contact the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which sets and enforces workplace safety and health standards.

Contact OSHA to report accidents, learn about your rights under the law, or how to file a complaint about unsafe or unhealthy working conditions:

Online:  http://www.osha.gov/as/opa/worker/index.html
By Phone:  1-800-321-OSHA (6742)

If you feel you have been discriminated against based on your age, disability, nation of origin, pregnancy, race, religion, or gender, or have been sexually harassed, you may wish to contact the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Contact the EEOC to file a charge of employment discrimination: 

Online:  http://www.eeoc.gov/charge/index.html
By Phone:  Find the contact information of your local EEOC office: http://www.eeoc.gov/offices.html

*If you believe you're being discriminated against because of union-related activities, click here.

If you believe you have been illegally denied overtime pay, family or medical leave, or a minimum wage, you may wish to contact the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor.

Contact this agency for assistance, information, and how to file a complaint against an employer that may be violating your rights: 

Online:  http://www.dol.gov/cgi-bin/compliance_contactus.asp
By Phone:  1-866-4-US-WAGE

If you would like information on how to form a union in your workplace as well as why people form unions, visit http://www.aflcio.com/aboutunions/howto/.

For a directory of unions, click here:  http://www.araw.org/resources/links/unions.cfm.

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**Please Note:  The information that American Rights at Work provides does not constitute legal advice and is not a substitute for legal advice.  For legal advice, we suggest that you contact a lawyer who can advise you based on your particular facts and circumstances.