Contract Workers Rights

If you have a contract as part of your employment, the contract spells out the rights and responsibilities of your job. Your employer must comply with the terms of the contract.

  • The contract should include, among other things:
  • Your job title and responsibilities.
  • Your wages and hours of work.
  • Vacation and holiday time off.
  • Sick days.
  • Information about the pension plan if there is one.
  • Health care benefits if health care is provided.
  • Time frame for giving notice.
  • Reasons you can be terminated from your job.
  • Grievance procedure.
  • Whether or not you have the right to collective bargaining.

Before you take a job, read the contract carefully. If you work under a contract, and you believe the contract is being violated by the employer, you have the right to file a grievance. If the grievance is unsuccessful, you have the right to take your case to the U.S. Department of Labor. The contact information for the DOL is U.S. Department of Labor | Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210, 1-866-4-USA-DOL (1-866-487-2365). The website is

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