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Breastfeeding Discrimination Cases Led Nursing Moms to Lose Their Jobs

Published October 14, 2019 by Employment and Consumer Law Group
Nursing Moms Losing Jobs Due to Breastfeeding Discrimination

Federal laws protect breastfeeding mothers in the workplace. But according to a recent study, nursing mothers often face reprisals for seeing to their breastfeeding needs at work — including losing their jobs. A full two-thirds of cases of alleged breastfeeding…

How an Oxford Comma Won $5 Million for Truck Drivers

Published October 14, 2019 by Employment and Consumer Law Group
Oxford Comma Helps Drivers Win Overtime Pay Dispute

Small technicalities can sometimes transform the outcome of legal cases. That just happened to a group of truck drivers in Maine. A group of delivery drivers recently won $5 million for unpaid overtime after a judge ruled that a small…

Court Rules Punitive Damages Are Available Against Insurance Companies For Bad Faith Denials of Coverage

Published April 10, 2019 by Employment and Consumer Law Group
Court Rules Punitive Damages Are Available Against Insurance Companies For Bad Faith Denials of Coverage

Recently the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held an insurance company may be liable for punitive damages for denying a valid claim. The court also held the statutory caps on punitive damages in Tennessee were unconstitutional. In Lindenberg v. Jackson…

Local Veteran Hero Award Winner

Published April 3, 2019 by Employment and Consumer Law Group
Employment & Consumer Law Group Present Local Veteran E.J. Hirsch With Local Veteran Hero Award

The Employment and Consumer Law Group are proud to announce the winner of their Local Veteran Hero award: Sgt. Emil John Hirsch, III. Sgt. Hirsch served his country spending time in both Afghanistan and Iraq. While in Iraq, Sgt Hirsch…

Chattanooga TV Reporter Fired While on Leave For Cancer Treatment

Published December 18, 2018 by Employment and Consumer Law Group
Chattanooga TV Reporter Fired While on Leave For Cancer Treatment

Earlier this month, Sinclair Broadcast Group fired 22 year old reporter Alex George while she was on leave receiving treatment for cancer. She was a reporter for WTVC in Chattanooga. In May of this year, a teary eyed Ms. George  announced…

The DOL Changes the Rules For Tipped Employees

Published November 29, 2018 by Employment and Consumer Law Group
The DOL Changes the Rules For Tipped Employees

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, an employer can take what is known as a “tip credit” for tipped employees. This means they can pay them an hourly rate less than the Federally proscribed minimum wage.  Tipped employees must be paid…

Can my Employer Take a Tip Credit to Avoid Paying Minimum Wage or Overtime?

Published September 8, 2018 by Employment and Consumer Law Group

Employees are sometimes paid less than minimum wage when they “customarily and regularly receive more than $30 per month in tips”. These jobs include servers, delivery drivers, valets, casino dealers, etc. If certain conditions are met, this may be legal….

Am I Entitled To Overtime Pay For Time Spent in Wellness Activities or Exercise Programs Sponsored By My Employer?

Published September 4, 2018 by Employment and Consumer Law Group

The Department of Labor states “meetings, training programs and similar activities” are compensable time unless all 4 of the following factors are met: Attendance is outside of the employee’s regular working hours. Attendance is voluntary. (see below) The event is…

Qui Tam Lawsuits- Recovering Money Fraudulently Taken from the Government

Published August 7, 2018 by Employment and Consumer Law Group
Qui Tam Lawsuits- Recovering Money Fraudulently Taken from the Government

Four former employees of William Beaumont Hospitals in Detroit, Michigan turned whistleblower and filed separate lawsuits under the federal civil False Claims Act. These lawsuits claim their employer made false claims in billing Medicare. These false claims included: payment for…

The Unpaid Intern and the Music Industry

Published June 18, 2018 by Employment and Consumer Law Group
The Unpaid Intern and the Music Industry

Nashville is undoubtedly the center of the country music industry universe. It has been known as “Music City” since the early 1950s. Nashville citizens take great pride in the number of artists who live and work among us. However, the…

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