Today we tend to recognize Labor Day as the end of summer and when public pools are closed for the season; however, Labor Day has a much more significant purpose. In the 1800s workers had little to no power. In response, labor organizers in New York City planned a one-day strike on the first Monday in September, the day which is now traditionally recognized as Labor Day. On this day all workers were expected to march in a parade then attend a picnic afterwards.
In the 1830s some workers spent as much as 70-hours a week on the job. Activists were organizing these protests and marches in an effort to obtain shorter hours, more time off, and more favorable working conditions.
Today we at Breen Goril Law believe in workers rights, workplace safety and fair treatment. Some issues to be aware of in your working environment include:
· Workplace health and safety – proper training for chemicals and machinery to avoid burns or other risks;
· Family and medical leave – laws vary from state to state;
· Fair wages and benefits; and
· Discrimination and harassment.
This is just a sampling of workers’ rights. If you or a loved one has been a victim of poor working conditions or unfair treatment, reach out to Breen Goril Law to see how we can help. You may be eligible for compensation. Our office will be closed on Monday, September 3 while we enjoy a day off to celebrate Labor Day, but will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4.