Deciding to file a claim against your employer or other large corporation can be intimidating. It may feel overwhelming. Our team of dedicated employment attorneys in Nashville understand the daunting feeling that can come along with involvement in a legal dispute. That’s why we are passionate about helping people understand their rights in the workplace as an employee.
At The Employment & Consumer Law Group, our firm is committed to standing up for the “little guy” men and women in the workplace who have not been paid all the money they are legally owed, otherwise known as wage theft; suffered from illegal discrimination or harassment at work; been mistreated for refusing to take part in their employer’s illegal practices, or taken advantage of by companies engaging in unethical business practices.
Protecting the rights of employees and consumers is all we do. We are not an over bloated law firm who practices every type of law you can imagine – instead our philosophy and goal is to provide excellent legal service for employees and consumers.
Our skilled and experienced Nashville employment lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for our clients for a wide variety of employment claims.
We handle and advise on matters such as:
If you have questions about your rights as an employee, we are here to help.
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) employers are required to at least pay a set minimum wage for all hours worked and overtime for all hours worked over 40 with only a few exceptions. The proper overtime rate is 1.5 times the regular rate of pay.
Just because you are paid a salary does not mean you are not entitled to overtime pay. Just because your employer claims you are an “independent contractor” does not mean you are not entitled to overtime pay.
Employees are entitled to recover all unpaid overtime, and in most cases liquidated damages (double damages) for all unpaid overtime over a two or three year period depending on the facts of their case. Employees are also entitled to have all attorney fees they incur in bringing a successful claim paid for by the employer.
An employee may also be able to bring a claim on behalf of all other employees in similar jobs to recover unpaid overtime and/or minimum wage for those employees as well. Employers may not retaliate against you for filing an overtime claim or bringing a potential overtime issue to their attention.
The Employment & Consumer Law Group’s lawyers have collected millions of dollars for workers in the mid south for illegal employment practices. Our employment lawyers have taken individual cases and represented hundreds of employees at once in class/collective action cases. We also provide legal guidance for small businesses to help them comply with employment laws or in disputes they may have with other businesses.
Our Nashville Employment and Consumer Lawyers are here to help you. Big companies have big lawyers, so you need someone on your side. We are here to help you with your employment claims. Our team of lawyers serves clients throughout Tennessee and Kentucky, including the following:
Our Nashville employment lawyers have years of experience and success in representing the employee, employer, and consumer. We are committed to standing up for small businesses who need legal guidance or employees who have been harassed by unethical business practices.
Jonathan and his team did a thorough, outstanding job in keeping me informed and up-to-date every step of the way in handling my case. I felt like he listened to my questions and concerns and answered them promptly and professionally. In fact, I believe he consulted another attorney that had expertise in the area of law that he was dealing with in my case. I would highly recommend Jonathan and would call him again if I needed legal advice.
I needed an Attorney for advice and direction in a situation concerning a former employer. After a consultation with Brandon Hall it was a no-brainer. He was knowledgeable about all things concerning employee rights and wage classifications. This was a very difficult time for my wife and myself. Brandon made things very simple and gave us great confidence. Needless to say the outcome of our case was very satisfactory. Brandon used his expertise and professionalism to help us tremendously.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and various state laws protect employees from illegal discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of:
These laws make it illegal to fire, demote, harass, or otherwise retaliate against people (applicants, employees, or former employees) because they filed charges of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or a lawsuit alleging this activity. It is illegal to retaliate against employees because they complained to their employers about discrimination or harassment on the job, or because they participated in employment discrimination or harassment proceedings (such as acting as a witness or giving a statement in an investigation or lawsuit).
Unlawful retaliation under EEOC-enforced laws may include any conduct that might well deter a reasonable worker.
If their claim is successful, employees are entitled to any pay or other benefit they have lost because of their employer’s actions, including lost career opportunities. They are also entitled to “compensatory damages” – damages for mental anguish, the time and costs associated with looking for another job, and pain and suffering. In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded as well. If successful, the employer would be responsible for your attorney fees as well.
Every case is different. That’s why it is imperative for you to speak with an attorney about your particular case.
If you believe your employer has violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the FLSA, or has treated you unfairly, contact an experienced employment lawyer with our Nashville firm as soon as possible. Let us review your situation and determine your right to receive compensation. And know that employers cannot retaliate against employees for exposing Title VII or FLSA violations without facing more penalties.
We bring knowledge, skill, compassion, and individualized attention to each case we take. Call our office today to schedule a consultation with a member of our legal team.
The Employment and Consumer Law Group is excited to announce the Minimum Wage and Overtime Reform Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the student who writes the most passionate and compelling essay regarding wage reform and employment legislation. To learn more about this opportunity, please visit our scholarship page.