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Workplace discrimination and religion

A person's religious beliefs can be a part of their identity. For some in Tennessee, their religious practices are of paramount importance. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects people working in the private sector from discrimination in the workplace based on religion. The courts have determined that there are numerous types of discrimination that are illegal. Specifically, these include fostering a hostile work environment, disparate impact discrimination and disparate treatment discrimination.

Can at-will employees be retaliated against at work?

If a Tennessee employee is not a party to a work contract, they are an "at-will" employee. This means that their employer has the legal right to fire the employee for any reason or for no reason at all. Conversely, the employee has the legal right to quit for any reason or for no reason at all.

Who can take time off work via the Family and Medical Leave Act?

No one in Tennessee anticipates being struck with a serious illness or having a loved one experience one. When this happens, a worker may need to take an extended leave from work. If they are covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act, they may be able to take up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave without having to fear losing their job or being demoted.

Unlawful workplace discrimination can include sexual harassment

Unfortunately, despite gains in the movement for equal rights, sexual harassment in the workplace is an ongoing issue. People in Tennessee who are being harassed at work may need to take legal action after exhausting internal procedures for addressing their situation. Harassment can be very damaging for both women and men alike, as men can also be subjected to sexual harassment. Therefore, it is important for all workers to be able to recognize what constitutes unlawful harassment in the workplace, so they can take appropriate action.

Unlawful age discrimination can occur in Tennessee workplaces

Workers with many years of job experience can be a valuable asset to any Tennessee business. They have seen many situations that can arise in the course of their job duties, and they know how to handle them. In addition, they can often serve as mentors to younger workers. However, older workers are sometimes seen as "dinosaurs" who are out-of-touch with technology or other workplace advancements. Thus, workers seeking a promotion or job-seekers seeking employment may be passed up due to their age.

Keeping up with changes in employment law

Workplace regulations and policies are posing issues for both employers and workers, especially when they are breached. For example, the #metoo movement has put sexual harassment in the workplace in the limelight. Employers who fail to have effective policies to prevent sexual harassment or properly address it can find themselves entangled in a legal battle with a harassed employee.

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.

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