Clear, Confident Help To Solve Your Legal Problems

3 common types of employee grievances 

On Behalf of | May 15, 2024 | Employment Law

As an employer, it is beneficial to keep your workers as happy as possible. Research has shown that dissatisfied workers become disengaged, which reduces productivity rates significantly. 

Not only that, but employee grievances can result in lawsuits against the business. To take preventative measures, it can first help to recognize the most common types of employee grievances. Here are some important factors to consider. 

Lack of opportunities 

Promoting from within can be highly beneficial for both employers and employees. Nonetheless, many companies don’t utilize this as much as they should. The employer has the freedom to choose whoever they want to fill certain roles, but roles must be filled without any form of discrimination. 

If employees claim that there is a lack of opportunities for career advancement based on protected characteristics, then this can result in distinction claims being made against the company. 

Unfair wages 

The minimum wage in Oregon is $14.20. No hourly worker should be paid less than this. Employees must also be paid 1.5 times their hourly rate after working more than 40 hours in a workweek. 

Failure to pay this amount, even inadvertently, can result in wage and hour claims being made against the business. 

Unfair work schedules 

While there are few restrictions in terms of how many hours workers in Oregon can work, employees are entitled to rest breaks. It is a legal requirement that employees who work more than six hours in one day have one meal break. Employees working 14 hours or more in one day are entitled to two meal breaks. 

Keeping grievances to a minimum can not only increase product within your company, but it can prevent legal disputes.