I work for a billion dollar health and fitness company. We have complained to management multiple times of our rodent issue in our employee lounge. We have 4 old stained chairs the mice have chewed through and now live in. Their response is basically that's city life for you. These chairs and room are inches away from a kitchen where it is expected we eat. We have many employees and some are pregnant. Not only that the infestation has started to spread to a restaurant and cafe a floor beneath us. What are my rights as an employee ?
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As an employee, you don't have the same rights as a tenant in an apartment, largely, because if you don't like the conditions, you are free to quit at any time. Additionally, if your company is renting space, it's the landlord's responsibility to deal with this, not the company's. That being said, you can always call the health department to come and inspect a location. They will cite your employer (or the landlord) and give them a certain amount of time to fix the issue. If you are actually damaged you can seek reimbursement from your employer.
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