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How to Understand Your Workplace Rights to Get an Upper Hand

Learn about employment law through real life court examples so that you can safeguard your rights
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Course Description

In this course you will learn about your rights in the US workplace, so you can protect yourself. Whether you are looking for a job, currently working, or your job has been terminated, you need to be aware of the law so you can determine if you have been treated fairly. You will also learn about potential liability including when you could be sued.

Learn about your basic rights to get the upper hand in the workplace in order to determine whether you should contact an attorney.

  • Recognize when Employers can Monitor Your Phone Calls
  • Learn if Your Computer Use is Private
  • Learn if You Should Be Paid Overtime
  • Recognize if You Could Be Sued
  • Learn What an Independent Contractor is

A Useful Workplace Guide for Employees

Understanding your basic rights in the workplace provides you with a very useful tool at your fingertips. Not all employers know the law and others may not follow it, so it is very important to have an understanding of what you and the employer can and cannot do.

There are many guides available for the employer but what about you, the worker? It is essential to have a basic understanding and this course will provide that.

Content and Overview This course is suitable for anyone in today's workplace. At the end of this course, you will be more knowledgeable about how you should be treated in the workplace. You will learn the various rights you may have as an employee. You will even learn whether the law considers you an employee or independent contractor. Each section ends with a quiz with real life scenarios, so that you can better understand how the law applies in the workplace.

Starting with privacy laws, this course will then cover types of discrimination, Wage and Hour laws, FMLA, termination, and potential liability.

The course is complete with examples of how you can determine if a certain law relates to a work situation. After applying the legal definitions, you will be able to understand your rights, and will receive a verifiable certificate of completion upon finishing the course.

Who is the target audience?
  • Entrepreneurs
  • HR Representatives
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about rights in the workplace before, during, or after employment
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What Will I Learn?
Determine whether your Phone Calls and Computer Use is Private in the Workplace
Identify the Types of Discrimination Prohibited in the Workplace
Distinguish Between an Employee and Independent Contractor
Determine when Overtime Pay is Required
Identify Qualifications for FMLA Leave
Determine the Potential Liability of an Employee
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  • Students do not need any additional materials or previous knowledge
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 18 Lectures Collapse All 18 Lectures 01:13:37
1 Lecture 02:49

Meet your Instructor!

Preview 02:49
4 Lectures 15:43

This lecture is a brief overview of privacy in the workplace. You should watch this before listening to the other videos in this section.

Privacy in the Workplace

This lecture contains information on when an employer can monitor email in the workplace including your personal email.


This lecture is about computer use in the workplace and whether social media use can be monitored.

Computer Use

This lecture includes information about whether employers can listen to your phone conversation.

Preview 03:48

4 questions
6 Lectures 21:52

This lecture is a brief overview of discrimination in the workplace. You should watch this before listening to any of the other lectures in this section.

Discrimination in the Workplace

This lecture includes information on what is considered racial discrimination in the workplace.

Racial Discrimination

This lecture includes information about religious discrimination in the workplace including when an employer needs to accommodate an employee's practices

Preview 03:28

This lecture includes information about gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace.

Gender Discrimination

This lecture includes information about what is considered age discrimination in the workplace.

Age DIscrimination

This lecture includes information about what is considered disability discrimination in the workplace.

Disability Discrimination

5 questions
Wages, Hours, and FMLA
2 Lectures 08:46

This lecture discusses what FMLA is and who it applies to.


This lecture includes information about when overtime applies and who it applies to.

Wage and Hour Laws

Wage, Hour, and FMLA
4 questions
2 Lectures 09:18

This lecture covers the key differences between an employee and independent contractor.

Employee v Independent Contractor

This lecture discusses some of the rights of an employee after termination including when the final paycheck is due.

Employee Rights after Termination

4 questions
Can Employees Be Sued?
2 Lectures 14:16

This lecture discusses when an employee may be lliable for negligence, assault, or battery.

Civil Liability

This lecture discusses when an employee may be charged with a crime such as assault.

Criminal Liability

Can Employees Be Sued?
2 questions
1 Lecture 00:53
About the Instructor
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Attorney and Legal Professor

Heather DeVincent-Cook was a corporate attorney for a medical conglomerate from 2004-2007 where she advised the president of the company about employment laws. Heather has 13 years of teaching experience in the Business, Criminal Justice, and Legal Departments. She was an Assistant Professor of Paralegal Studies for 3 years at a community college in Massachusetts and the founding chair of a Paralegal program at a small private college in New York. She has created curriculum for several online legal courses and was a Subject Matter Expert for Organizational Leadership and Business Law. She has taught for well-known Universities including Northeastern and Southern New Hampshire.

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