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Employee Rights Movement

Employee rights refer to the entitlements that employees have vis-à-vis their relationship with their employers. These rights dictate how employers are expected to treat their existing employees. Such entitlements are, however, contingent on the nature of the workplace environment—that is, whether it is “public” (linked to the government) or “private.” Whereas public employees benefit from the protection afforded by the United States Bill of Rights, private employees do not, except where explicit protection is offered by other state or federal legislation.

Public/Private Distinction

Which rights are protected depends first and foremost on the nature of the workplace. Workplaces are distinguished as either public or private depending on their relationship to the state. Public workplaces are those that are operated by and for the state—that is, governmental agencies. ...

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