Murfreesboro Employment Law Attorneys
Protecting the Rights of Employers & Employees Throughout Middle Tennessee
Whether you are a business owner or employee, issues related to employment law can be complex, emotional, and costly. Our full service firm Parkerson Santel Garner, PLLC in Murfreesboro features a team of experienced employment law attorneys who have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex employment related litigation for decades.
The employment law attorneys at Parkerson Santel Garner, PLLC have represented clients on matters involving:
- Title VII discrimination and harassment claims
- Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation agreements
- Fair Labor Standards Act compliance and disputes
- EEOC claims
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Whistleblower actions
We understand that dealing with a legal matter related to employment can be immensely stressful. When someone’s job or company is on the line, comprehensive and effective legal counsel is a must. Otherwise, you may face a loss of income, significant lifestyle changes, and other difficult hurdles, not to mention the emotional strife that can come with having your livelihood threatened. Our legal team will be there for you throughout the duration of your Tennessee employment law case, offering you the support, advice, and representation you need to achieve the results you want.
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Tennessee Labor Laws
Many people—both employers and employees alike, but especially the latter—don’t realize the extent of their legal rights when it comes to their job. Fortunately, many laws have been made to protect your rights, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), a federal law that dictates that all employees in the country must have reasonable and safe working conditions.
For instance, employees cannot be fired if they are:
- Called to jury duty
- Called to military service
- Exercising their “right of association” (e.g., organizing to form trade unions)
- Filing a workers’ compensation claim for an on the job injury
- Legally required to participate in wage garnishment
- Voting as part of their civic duty
Otherwise, the law does allow for employers to legally terminate an employee at any time for any reason. However, employers are barred from discriminating against any employee based on their age, race, sex, gender identity, religion, ethnicity, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or disability. Likewise, an employee is allowed to leave their job at any time for any reason with no negative legal consequences.
However, there are instances where an employee can take legal action for wrongful termination, such as:
- Breach of Contract: If you and your employer mutually agreed to a contract that promised job security, you may have a legal claim if your employer fires you without good cause.
- Discrimination: If you were fired because of any of the characteristics listed above (race, sex, pregnancy, religion, disability, citizenship status, etc.) your employer may have violated federal law and you may be able to file a claim against them.
- Retaliation: If you filed a workers’ compensation claim, were a whistleblower who called out a bad practice within the company, or filed a complaint against your employer, you may be able to take legal action if you were let go in retaliation for your actions.
Tennessee’s Wage Regulations Act protects wage earners from unfair practices regarding pay. For instance, state law requires that employers must grant their workers a thirty minute break during shifts that are six hours or longer in length. Employees also have a right to receive their final paycheck, regardless of why they left their job or were let go. To learn more about employee rights in Tennessee, head to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s website.
If you feel as though your employer is taking advantage of your legal rights or you are an employer faced with a complicated legal matter such as a lawsuit or a negligent employee, we can help.
Comprehensive Legal Assistance for Both Workers & Employers
Employment matters can be fraught and complex when the law is involved. Working with an experienced employment law attorney at a firm like Parkerson Santel Garner, PLLC can make a world of difference when it comes to your case. Not only will you have an advocate on your side who possesses a thorough understanding of the relevant laws and necessary procedures, but you can also rely on your attorney to protect your reputation as a business or employee, securing your future in the process.
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