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State and federal law address age discrimination

Older adults have much to contribute to the workplace. They have years of experience that they can use to make informed decisions on behalf of the company. They can serve as mentors to younger employees. Moreover, they are just as capable at adapting to changes in the workplace as younger employees. However, sometimes an older worker is labeled a "dinosaur" with the often untrue perception that their opinions are out-of-date or they cannot keep up with changes in technology. In certain cases, if an employee is treated less favorably due to their age, this could constitute age discrimination.

When can a Tennessee worker bring a qui tam action?

It can be disturbing for a worker in Jackson to discover their employer is committing fraud against the government. The worker may feel morally obligated to report such fraud to the appropriate authorities. One way a worker to do this is to file a qui tam lawsuit.

What wage and hour laws must employers in Tennessee follow?

Federal and state minimum wages are a hot topic in the news in Tennessee and nationwide. However, if an employer in Jackson pays employees an hourly wage, whether it is the minimum wage or more, they must do so within the confines of the law. If an employee alleges that an employer committed a wage and hour violation, the employer could find itself in legal jeopardy.

Employment law disputes can be complex matters

Workers and employers in Jackson, Tennessee, have a lot at stake when an employment dispute arises. Some disputes can be resolved internally, utilizing the business's dispute resolution process. However, sometimes this doesn't work and either the employer or the worker wants to file a lawsuit based on an employment dispute.

Whistleblowers are protected by law from workplace retaliation

It takes a certain amount of bravery for a person in Tennessee to take action and "blow the whistle" on unlawful actions committed by their employer. Some unscrupulous employers will violate the law, for their own gain and at the expense of honest employees. However, workers may fear that their employer will reprimand them or fire them for speaking out as a whistleblower. Fortunately, federal Equal Employment Opportunity laws protect workers in such situations from being retaliated against at work.

How does the Family Medical Leave Act protect your job?

Employees in Tennessee may find that there are times that, for health reasons, they are unable to go to work. Fortunately, in many cases, federal law protects workers who must take an extended leave from work due to a medical condition, the birth or adoption of a child or to care for an ill family member. This federal law is known as the Family Medical Leave Act.

Bill expands definition of "employee" under sexual harassment law

Sexual assault in the television and film industry has come to the forefront of our nation's news over the past few months, with the "#MeToo" movement gaining steam nationwide. However, some in Tennessee may wonder how this movement will affect the music industry, especially given the state's prominence in the country music scene.

Workers in Tennessee claim they haven't been paid in weeks

Whether you are lucky enough to have your dream job, or whether you are simply working the nine-to-five grind, one thing all workers in Tennessee have in common is the expectation that they will be paid for the work they do. However, some Tennessee workers are claiming that they haven't received a paycheck from their employer for weeks.

Addressing employment law issues in a proactive manner

For employers and employees in Tennessee, the workplace looks very different these days than it did 50 years ago. In particular, laws regarding employee rights and workplace policies have changed in dramatic and important ways. Therefore, it is important for employers to ensure their business complies with applicable employment laws, and it is important for employees to understand their rights under current law.

Workplace discrimination not a new issue in Congress

Issues of workplace discrimination -- particularly sexual discrimination and harassment -- dominated the news headlines in late 2017. These newsworthy events involved not just well-known celebrities, but also politicians throughout the United States. While some employment lawdisputes are taken all the way through the litigation process, others are settled out-of-court. Of course, workplace discrimination in Tennessee and across the nation is not new. In fact, recent statistics reveal that between 2008 through 2012, over $342,000 was spent settling workplace discrimination disputes in the U.S. House of Representatives. Of that, almost $175,000 was paid out to settle disputes involving sexual harassment and discrimination.

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