Employment Law and Consumer Law is all we do; as such we are in a much better position to help you with your workplace claim than a “Wal-Mart” firm- a law firm where you can have someone represent you in a car wreck, write your will, and defend you in a DUI case all in one stop. Our experience and knowledge in these areas puts us ahead of the curve in handling these claims from the get go.
Sometimes employees feel hopeless in the workplace when faced with unfair and potentially illegal work environments. At the Employment & Consumer Law Group- we are dedicated to helping these employees understand and enforce their rights.
The more you understand your legal rights at your place of employment, the greater the likelihood of stopping the offending behavior and receiving just compensation for your losses as a result of the illegal activity. Damages you could be entitled to would include reinstatement in your job, monies for lost wages and benefits, compensatory damages for the stress caused by the illegal activity, your reasonable attorney fees and costs, and in some cases punitive damages.
Our jobs are a large part of each of our lives. Most Americans like their occupations to their identity. It’s why when people ask us what we do, we tell them our occupation and not some other activity we may enjoy more. Emotions surrounding losing a job are sometimes the same as the grief experienced when losing a loved one- we feel like we have lost our identity. Typical emotions experienced are denial, shock, sadness, anxiety, embarrassment, and anger. For this reason it is important for people to stand up for their rights in the workplace, and to do so effectively- they need legal representation with experience in this area.
Not all employment claims involve termination- sometimes employers don’t pay you the wages you are owed by law. This is your money, it isn’t theirs to keep. This is known as “wage theft” and is way more common than you think. An example would be overtime wages your are entitled to, or at least minimum wage for every hour worked. Often people think because they are salaried they are not entitled to overtime, this could not be further from the truth. Other things employers do illegally to avoid paying overtime would be failing to pay employees for time spent traveling to different job sites, time spent or call’, or classifying you as an °independent contractor° when in fact you are considered an employee under the law.
If you feel you have a valid claim against your employer, our experienced employment law attorneys would be glad to discuss your case with you confidentially at no charge. Every case is different so it is imperative you speak with an attorney about your particular case.
Consumer Protection law refers to laws which protect the rights of consumers, ensure fair trade and competition, and accurate information in the marketplace. The laws are designed to prevent businesses from engaging in fraud to deceive the consumer or to gain an unfair advantage in the marketplace. A variety of laws at both the federal and state levels exist to protect consumers. Among them are the federal Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Truth in Lending Act, Fair Credit Billing Act, and the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act.
Other consumer protection laws exist to protect persons from unwanted telemarketing or “robo-calls” once they are placed on the do not call registry. Violations of unfair lending or “reverse mortgages also can lead to individual claims. Credit discrimination based on race, sex or other illegal factor can also lead to individual claims. Payday loan establishments are often under scrutiny for consumer protection violations as well.
The Tennessee Consumer Protection Act lists some specific things which are considered a violation including:
While the Tennessee legislature has drastically chipped away the rights of consumers over the past several years, some do still exist. And the same with employment claims, every case is different so it is imperative you speak with an attorney about your particular case.