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Weingarten Rights

Weingarten Rights refer to the legal rights of employees in the United States to have union representation during investigatory interviews conducted by their employer, especially when the employee reasonably believes the interview could result in disciplinary action.

If an employee, John, is called into a meeting with his HR manager to discuss a workplace incident that might lead to disciplinary action, John can invoke his Weingarten Rights by saying, "I request union representation for this meeting." The employer must then either allow a union representative to attend the meeting or end the interview. This ensures that John has support and advice during the conversation, protecting his rights as a union member.

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