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Job Survival Helpline

  • Have you been sick but told you could not call in sick or you’d loose your job?
  • Do you think you are being discriminated against on the job because you are pregnant?
  • Are you uncomfortable with sexual language or behavior on your job, wondering whether it qualifies as sexual harassment and how to stop it?
  • Do you work more than 40 hours per week and wonder if you qualify for overtime pay?


Contact the 9to5 Job Survival Helpline to get answers, referrals and support for improving policies and conditions on your job. Call (800) 522-0925 or email

Our trained staff  provides information on employment rights, suggestions on how to handle workplace situations and organize for better policies, and referrals to government agencies, legal and community resources. The Helpline is staffed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 2-5pm EST. You may leave a message with your name, number and issue of concern at any time. Calls will be returned within 2-5 days.

Have a question, click here to submit it to our staff.

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Jane’s Story, a Helpline caller

“I work in an office with 25 employees. About half of us are women. When we have staff meetings our manager would come in and shake hands with the men but hug all the women. His behavior made many of us uncomfortable.

Click here to read more of Jane’s story.

Click here to read the responses to frequently asked questions about workers’ rights.

Click here for additional resources about your rights on the job.


Note: Helpline staff are not attorneys and do not offer legal advice. We offer basic information about employment laws. We can refer you to attorneys and government agencies for legal advice. We respect privacy of those who contact the Helpline, through phone or email, and use your contact information only to follow up on your concerns, track the current challenges women are facing in the workplace, and keep you updated on 9to5 news and events. We do not share this information with outside parties without your specific permission.