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You Have Rights as an Employee: True or False?

How well do you know your workplace rights and employment law? Are your rights as an employee the same as those of a U.S. citizen? Do all workers have the same rights?

American labor laws are robust. If you have questions about worker's rights, visit for information. Of course, cannot offer legal advice. But its information can steer you in the right direction when determining employee rights.

Test your knowledge of legal rights in the workplace by answering "true" or "false" to the statements below.

Answers are at the bottom.

True_____ False_____

1.  I can apply for a job regardless of my race or national origin.

True_____ False_____

2.  My employer cannot fire me simply because of my religious beliefs and practices.

True_____ False_____

3.  The law protects female employees from sexual harassment, but not male employees, since they cannot be the victim of sexual harassment.

True_____ False_____

4.  Under federal law, we have the right to workplace safety. This means employers must ensure safe working conditions. They must also protect employees from job hazards and limit exposure to dangerous substances.

True_____ False_____

5.  My employer can't fire me once I reach age 65 since the law protects me from employment discrimination based on age.

True_____ False_____

6.  Gay and lesbian employees have the same workplace rights as heterosexual employees.

True_____ False_____

7.  My email messages are my private business, and my employer has no right to read them.

True_____ False_____

8.  All employees have the right to healthcare coverage.

True_____ False_____

9.  The law protects people from other countries from discrimination. This protection is not limited to U.S. citizens.

True_____ False_____

10.  Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), my co-worker can take off to care for their sick spouse, but I don't have the right to take off to care for my terminally ill neighbor.

True_____ False_____ 11.  The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) only protects federal and state workers.
True_____ False_____ 12.   All employees can earn as much overtime pay as they want.
True_____ False_____ 13.   Small business owners can discriminate since they can only afford to hire a few employees.
True_____ False_____ 14.   If your employer fires you, they must pay you any unpaid wages upon termination.
True_____ False_____ 15.   The laws against employment discrimination do not apply to nonprofit organizations.
True_____ False_____ 16.   The minimum wage does not apply to part-time workers.
True_____ False_____ 17.   Independent contractors are not able to collect unemployment.
True_____ False_____ 18.   You cannot collect unemployment insurance if you file a wrongful termination lawsuit against your employer.
True_____ False_____ 19.   Your employer cannot fire you while you're out on workers' compensation.
True_____ False_____ 20.   The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not apply to private employers.
True_____ False_____ 21.   Title VII is a federal law prohibiting discrimination in the workplace.
True_____ False_____ 22.   There are state laws that prohibit employment discrimination.
True_____ False_____ 23.   Employment attorneys always work on a contingency basis.
True_____ False_____ 24.   Your employer must continue to pay for your healthcare after they fire you.
True_____ False_____ 25.   It's best to seek legal help before filing a wrongful termination lawsuit.

Workplace Quiz: Answers

Your employment lawyer will know that these are the correct answers:

  1. True
  2. True
  3. False
  4. True
  5. False
  6. True and false--it depends upon the law of the state and locality
  7. False
  8. False
  9. True and false--it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of a person's country of origin or nationality, but people from other countries only have the right to work in the United States if they have obtained that right from the U.S. government.
  10. True
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