As a general rule, if a federal, state, or local law grants employees the right to engage in an activity or to enjoy a benefit, employees should never be disciplined, discharged, or otherwise retaliated against for requesting or attempting to do so.
To list a few key examples, state law prohibits employers from discharging employees for engaging in the following activities:
Family Military Leave Act. Employers may not discharge or otherwise discriminate against any employee that exercises his or her rights under the Act (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 55-501 et seq.).
Jury duty. It is illegal to discharge or discipline an employee called to jury duty who gave reasonable notice to his or her employer regarding the summons (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 25-1640).
Labor activities. An employer may not deny employment due to an individual's membership with or refusal to join a labor organization (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 48-217).
Political activity/voting. Employers are prohibited from attempting to influence the political action of their employees by threatening discharge or threatening to close its place of business if a particular issue is passed or defeated or if a particular candidate or party wins or loses an election (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 32-1537).
Volunteer Emergency Responders Job Protection Act. Employers may not terminate or discipline an employee who is a volunteer emergency responder if the employee ...