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Proactive employment law strategies for Tennessee businesses

Entities that offer goods and services to customers throughout Tennessee often employ sales people, service technicians and a host of other employment professionals to assist them in reaching the corporate objectives. These employees are an integral part of many businesses' success and form the backbone of their employers' production capacity. To this end, many businesses see maintaining good employer-employee relations as a necessary component to keeping their doors open.

Identifying wrongful terminations in the workplace

It is not uncommon for Tennessee residents to change jobs many times over the course of their careers. Whereas, in the past, a person may stay with the same employer for the full tenure of their working life, now individuals find new opportunities and move with much more frequency. Because new jobs may entice them into new positions of employment, workers may choose to leave their jobs on their own conditions and terms.

What is wage theft?

It is important for many Tennessee residents to earn a solid income to support their families. Without an income, a person may be unable to feed their children, keep a roof over their head, or provide them with other important, necessary things. Many people budget their expenditures based on their incomes to ensure that their needs do not exceed their means.

What is a reasonable accommodation in the workplace?

Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, certain employers are required to provide their disabled workers with reasonable accommodations so that they can continue to do their jobs despite their limitations. To determine if an employer is mandated to follow the rules of the ADA, one should consult with their own Tennessee-based employment law attorney for more information.

Discrimination can destroy a person's livelihood

There are few experiences in life more liberating than getting one's first job. When they reflect on their younger years, Tennessee residents may remember the excitement of getting their first hard-earned paycheck and spending their own money on whatever they wanted. Although the thrill of working for one's own wants and needs may fade over time, many men and women take pride in doing their best when completing their work tasks.

How to spot quid pro quo harassment in the workplace

Sexual harassment is a serious legal issue that affects workplaces throughout the United States. Men and women in Tennessee have undoubtedly experienced it as they have fought to advance in their chosen professions. While sexual harassment can involve hostile work environments, crude comments and jokes and countless other offensive actions and behaviors, one type of sexual harassment can be a little more difficult to identify.

Older worker loses job in possible case of retaliation

Not long ago this Tennessee legal blog discussed the ever-present problem of age discrimination in American workplaces. Unlike in other cultures, where older individuals are valued for their knowledge and experience, in the United States older workers are often looked at as liabilities and relics of a previous time. Not long ago a 70-year-old man was fired from a company where he had worked for 50 years.

Poll shows workplace discrimination based on age is an issue

While age discrimination is against the law, it still happens in Tennessee workplaces far too often. Instead of being respected for their years of knowledge and experience, older Americans may suddenly be considered out of touch with current practices, and thus are passed up for promotions or even fired. In other situations of age discrimination, an employer who wants to slash the budget may fire or refuse to hire an older employee, in preference for a younger employee who likely will not be paid as much as the older employee.

We handle employment law cases in Tennessee

Running a business in Tennessee can be a satisfying endeavor, but sometimes issues come up between employers and employees that cause friction, especially if the issue claims one party violated the other party's legal rights. Employers can face serious financial consequences if they are held liable for violating an employee's rights, and employees can face emotional trauma and financial damages if their rights are violated in the workplace. It's a situation no one wants to find themselves in.

Federal law protects pregnant women from workplace discrimination

Many women these days in Tennessee are waiting longer to have children so they can concentrate on their careers. However, whether a pregnancy comes when a person is a new employee or after they have become established in the workforce, most women who find themselves pregnant are overjoyed. But, while they may be eagerly awaiting their new arrival, their employer may be concerned on how the pregnancy will affect the woman's ability to work and the company's bottom line. Such situations can sometimes result in workplace discrimination.

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