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Tennessee man sues employer claiming racial discrimination

Many strides have been made over the years to prevent discrimination in the workplace. Unfortunately, sometimes workplace discrimination still occurs, leading to a hostile work environment. For example, a black man in Tennessee is suing his employer, the Springfield Water and Wastewater Department, for $500,000 plus punitive damages, alleging that he was the victim of racial discrimination and that his employer permitted a hostile work environment to exist. In the lawsuit, the man alleges that his co-workers placed a rope around his neck and called him a monkey, among other incidents. For example, per court documents, one city worker referred to the man as a "black bastard" in a text message sent to other city workers.

Can lenders seek a deficiency judgment following foreclosure?

When a house is foreclosed upon, the proceeds of the sale generally go first to the lender that issued the mortgage. However, sometimes those proceeds are insufficient to cover all that is still owed on the mortgage. When this happens, Tennessee law permits lenders to pursue a deficiency judgement. This is a lawsuit brought against the mortgagor in which the lender seeks the remainder of what they are owed per the terms of the mortgage.

Gay Tennessee law officer subjected to discrimination on-the-job

It may seem as though the gay rights movement has gained steam nationwide, protecting those of all sexual orientations. However, it is an unfortunate fact that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation still occurs in professions across the nation, including law enforcement. The issue of sexual orientation discrimination in law enforcement departments is becoming so problematic that some officers are suing their employers for alleged discrimination and harassment. Some officers are forced to endure taunting, hostile work environments and limited chances for promotion or protection, simply due to their sexual orientation.

Self-help evictions can backfire on landlords

Sometimes issues come up between landlords and tenants in Tennessee. A landlord may believe the tenant has breached their lease in some fashion. This can be frustrating, and the landlord may wish to retake control of the rental property as quickly as possible. It can be tempting to do this without going through the eviction process as outlined in state law. This is known as a "self-help" eviction.

When is a prenuptial agreement the right choice?

When a Tennessee couple starts planning their wedding, they are not thinking about what will happen if the marriage ends at some point in the future. Discussing divorce before the wedding may seem unromantic and unnecessary, but it is actually quite smart to think about potential contingencies down the road. One way you can do this is to draft a prenuptial agreement.

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