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McDonald's Agrees to Pay $26 Million to Settle Wage Theft Lawsuit

Published April 2, 2020
McDonald’s Pays $26 Million in Wage Theft Lawsuit

McDonald’s has agreed to pay $26 million in a settlement with California employees who accused the fast food chain of not paying them appropriately for overtime and denying them breaks, among other things. The class action lawsuit was brought on…

Bullying Bosses Can Worsen Workplace Safety

Published March 18, 2020
Workplace Safety Can Worsen Under Bullying Bosses

Everyone experiences job stress at some point. But a new study shows bullying from a boss can put you —and everyone you work with — at a greater risk of workplace injury. A survey of airline workers and manufacturing technicians…

Our COVID-19 Update

Published March 16, 2020

You Don’t Need to Leave the House to Meet with Our Lawyers. Concerned About Coronavirus? We all have a duty to keep ourselves, our families, our neighbors, and our communities safe right now. This means temporarily reshaping the way we…

Breastfeeding Discrimination Cases Led Nursing Moms to Lose Their Jobs

Published October 14, 2019
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

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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
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
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
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
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

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….

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