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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Workers in Tennessee may someday find that they or a family member must take an extended leave from work due to a pregnancy, illness or injury. They may have heard of the Family Medical Leave Act, but they may not be so sure who is covered by it and what it does. The following post is meant to provide readers with more information about FMLA. However, those with specific questions are encouraged to bring the matter up to an attorney who can assess their personal situation.
News headlines across the nation seem to be filled with stories of sexual harassment in the workplace, particularly those in high-profile industries and businesses. Of course, sexual harassment can occur in any workplace no matter how big or small. Employees in Jackson may even know of someone who has been sexually harassed in the workplace, or they may even have been victims of sexual harassment themselves. That being said, many people may have misconceptions about what constitutes sexual harassment. This post will attempt to shed some light on what sexual harassment in the workplace looks like, and some people might be surprised at the scope of the situation.
Last week this blog discussed how, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers in Tennessee and across the nation in general must provide their disabled workers with reasonable accommodations so they can do their jobs. However, as is the case with just about any law, there are exceptions, and the ADA is no different.