Employment in Arkansas

Your employer may not terminate you for reasons connected with your age, religion, nationality, or sex. You may not be legally terminally terminated for becoming pregnant, disabled, or having a pre-existing disability. Your employer is not allowed to take these factors into consideration when making decisions about promotions, jobs to be assigned, salary, or termination. It is also against the law for termination to take place because an employee has followed the law, filed a complaint concerning harassment or unsafe working conditions, took time off using the Family Medical Leave Act. An employer may not follow you without abiding by the company policies regarding termination, or for reasons that are not mentioned in any contract you may have with the employer.

Harassment

You should not have to fear sexual harassment at work. Although this is a broad category, it can be narrowed down to several easily understood categories. An employer may not make suggestive sexual comments or act in a sexual way toward an employee, cannot allow the work environment to be sexual in nature, and cannot offer work benefits in return for sexual behavior.

If you believe you have been sexually harassed at work, speak with a licensed attorney before attempting to file your claim. This is to make sure you are given the information you need to know if your case will stand or fall. Laws regarding sexual harassment can be confusing, so do not try to do this alone.

A Safe Workplace

Under state and federal law, almost all employers must give you a workplace that is reasonably safe and free of hazards. In Arkansas, the Safety Division is charged with enforcing safety. You are covered by one of the following worker safety organization.

  • OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Organization),
  • AOSH (Arkansas Occupational Safety and Health), or
  • MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration).

 

OSHA dictates that every private businesses are required to abide by OSHA's federal standards. Municipal, state, and county workers are not covered by OSHA. Instead, they are covered by AOSH regulations. AOSH can look into claims, fatalities, and accidents that relate to the public sector workplaces.

If you work in the mines, MSHA has the duty to offer programs in safety training.

At-Will

In Arkansas, at-will is a little different than in other states. Most states recognize at-will employment as meaning that an employee without a contract may be fired for any reason that is not illegal. In Arkansas, if you abide by an employee manual or agreement that says you may not be legally terminated without good reason, you cannot be terminated in spite of this provision. This helps give you secure employment.

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