Understanding Employment Law

Many employees are unaware of certain rights that protect them in the workplace. Or perhaps they are suffering from a workplace violation and ignore the issue because they don't know how to defend themselves. If you are the victim of unfair employment practices, Cole Law Group, employment law attorneys can empower you to take charge of your situation by providing legal advice that raises awareness of your rights and formulates strategies on your behalf.

If you find yourself subject to one of the following employment issues, you should request a consultation with a Cole Law Group, employment lawyer who will review your case and advise you on appropriate action.

Wrongful Termination

Tennessee is an "at will" employment state. According to the Tennessee Employment Law Center, the term "at will" means that employment is voluntary for both employees and employers and that an employee may be terminated at any time and without consequence. However, this doctrine will not apply under all conditions, and the law does protect an individual from being dismissed because of discrimination, retaliation, family or medical leave, or in violation of an existing employment contract. By consulting with an attorney early on, you may be able to counter an employer's stated reason for a poor performance review or wrongful dismissal.

Discrimination Claims In Tennessee

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its amendments protect individuals from employment and workplace discrimination. It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against employees when hiring, promoting, or establishing conditions of employment. There are many different types of discrimination, including:

  • Age discrimination
  • Religious discrimination
  • Gender discrimination
  • Race discrimination
  • Disability discrimination
  • National origin discrimination
  • Discrimination based on military service
  • Pregnancy discrimination

Defamation Claims

It is against the law for an employer or a work colleague to make defamatory statements that affect an employee's reputation.

Harassment Claims

No one should be exposed to harassment in the workplace. An employee may take legal action against any sexual or other harassment that he/she has suffered due to the actions of a fellow employee or employer.

Retaliation Or Retaliatory Discharge

It is against the law for an employer to retaliate against an employee because he/she has filed a discrimination, harassment, FLSA, or whistleblower complaint. An employer may not retaliate without facing consequences.

Workplace Violence Or Unsafe Working Conditions

All workers have the right to a safe workplace that is free from violence. If you feel that your workplace environment is dangerous or untenable, one of our employment lawyers can help you get the justice you deserve.

Hour And Wage Issues

When proper policies and procedures are not in place, conflicts with regard to minimum wage, tipping, overtime, and portal-to-portal issues may arise. Our attorneys help workers obtain the wages guaranteed to them by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Contract Issues And Disputes

Contract attorneys at Cole Law Group, can draft, review, and modify employment contracts, severance agreements, non-compete agreements, and non-solicitation agreements. We can also litigate breach of contract claims.

Consult Our Brentwood, Tennessee, Employment Law Attorneys

Employees often feel that they are at the mercy of their company's policies and procedures, but employment laws can protect you from dismissal or unfair practices. If you find yourself in the middle of an employment dispute and feel that your rights are being violated, the time to take action is now. A Brentwood employment attorney at Cole Law Group will carefully examine all aspects of your case and help you determine the best course of action for you.