- Legal Services
Our team of employment attorneys serve the Chattanooga area. Laws at the federal, state and local level protect employees from illegal treatment. This includes illegal discrimination, wage theft (overtime and minimum wage violations), exploitation, and protecting whistleblowers.
Chattanooga, like all of Tennessee, follows the employment-at-will doctrine. Employment-at-will means employees can be fired for almost any reason, whether that reason is just or not. Legal reasons for termination might include nepotism, difference in personalities, or even their personal style in clothes or haircuts. HOWEVER, there are exceptions to this rule. An employer may not fire, or otherwise affect the employment of an employee for an ILLEGAL reason.
This means you may not be lawfully terminated or treated unfairly at work if the reason violates certain employment laws. Each case is very different, this is why it is crucial to talk to a lawyer about your particular claim.
If you are being treated unfairly at work, contact one of our experienced employment lawyers. We fight for Chattanooga workers to ensure fair treatment under the law.
Like other Tennesseans, laws protect employees in Chattanooga from illegal discrimination, whistleblowing, or overtime and minimum wage violations.
Chattanooga employees are protected from discrimination under the following laws:
These laws shield employees from unlawful discrimination. Discrimination is unlawful if it is based on protected characteristics such as race, age, gender, or disability. These laws also protect employees from retaliation by employers for either identifying behavior they believe to be discriminatory or for taking part in an investigation into alleged discriminatory behavior.
The Tennessee Public Protection Act (TPPA) protects “whistleblowers” from retaliation by employers.
Under the TPPA, an employee must prove that (1) they were an employee; (2) they either refused to participate in, or remain silent about, illegal activities; (3) they were terminated by their employer; and (4) this must be the only reason the employee was terminated. Unfortunately for employees, proving that their silence or refusal to participate in illegal activities was the only reason for termination can make cases difficult.
These pitfalls are why it is important to hire legal counsel experienced in employment laws to assist you with your employment law claims.
The Fair Labor Standard Act governs the payment of minimum wage and overtime in all of the United States, including Chattanooga. Money you are owed under these statutes is your money by law. If an employer refuses to pay it to you- they are committing what is known as “wage theft”.
For more detailed information about “wage theft” and your rights in recovering your money- see our page dedicated to the subject here.
If an employer violates employment laws, they may be required to pay back wages, front wages, compensatory damages, and attorneys’ fees. In extreme cases, punitive damages may be awarded. In addition, they may have to reinstate a wrongfully terminated employee.
The type of claim and under what law you make your claim determines the different damages you may seek- that’s why it is important to consult an experienced employment attorney familiar with Chattanooga and Tennessee laws about your specific claim.
If you believe you have an employment law claim, do not hesitate to contact our firm. Our lawyers have experience handling a wide variety of employment cases. Each case is different, and many facts which may not seem important can determine whether or not you have a claim, and to what damages you may be entitled.
Call or e-mail today to schedule your free consultation.