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Know Your Work Rights in South Carolina

Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Oct 22, 2014 in Workers' Compensation

South Carolina has extensive employment laws that protect workers from discrimination at work even when they are farm laborers or agricultural workers.

Because immigrant agricultural workers are often new to America they are a vulnerable group. Fraudulent and poor employers can exploit agricultural workers by threatening to fire them or by discriminating against them.

If any of the following conditions are true, you or a loved one may be getting exploited:

  • Being paid less than minimum wage $7.25/hr
  • Job duties and obligations discussed only verbally with no written documentation
  • No pay stubs when you get paid
  • Unsafe housing
  • Equipment and safety gear
  • Access to water and restrooms on the field
  • Workers compensation benefits if you are injured
  • Unemployment benefits

If agricultural workers dont know that they are being exploited, they may not seek legal help. At the same time, it is important to understand that you cannot be fired for choosing to exercise your legal rights.

Employers have to follow the country and states employment laws. When they fail to do so, they need to be held accountable.

An innovative employee rights guide for agricultural workers provided by the South Carolina Legal Services nonprofit organization details the many rights that workers can assert.

South Carolinas workers compensation attorneys are prepared to assist you in asserting all of your legal rights as a worker.

Harbin Law, LLP attorneys can answer all of your questions. To find out how we can help, call 1(888)821-0247.

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