For employees who work in or have connections with several different countries, it can be difficult to figure out which country’s laws and courts offer protection in an employment dispute. In some cases, the employee may even have a choice between different jurisdictions.
This factsheet summarizes the key issues involved in deciding what rights or claims an international employee may have in the United States (US). Please note that while many aspects of US employment law are governed by federal laws, many important aspects vary considerably state-by-state. Thus, an employee’s overall position will often depend on the state of employment.