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.
As readers of this blog may remember, last week we discussed what constitutes a disability for purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If a worker in Tennessee or elsewhere in the United States meets this definition, his or her employer has to provide the worker with reasonable accommodations that allow the worker to do their job despite their disability.
It used to be the case that disabled workers in Tennessee and nationwide had no protection against workplace discrimination. However, in 1990 the federal government enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act. This act is very important to employee rights across the nation, as it prohibits workplace discrimination based on a person's disability. Moreover, it mandates that employers provide disabled employees with "reasonable accommodations" so they can do their jobs.
Workers in Tennessee have many important rights under state and federal law. They have the right to be free from workplace discrimination, whether on the grounds of race, gender, religion, age or other protected category. They are also afforded the right to be free from retaliation in the workplace, should they step up and blow the whistle on wrongful working conditions. In addition, they have the right not to be harassed by a boss or co-worker.
Last month, we began discussing how even though it can be exhilarating for small business owners to finally be in a position to bring in some much-needed help, they will nevertheless want to proceed with caution in this endeavor -- particularly when it comes to drafting job applications.