Nashville Employment Lawyers
Do you have a legal complaint against your employer? The Nashville employment attorneys at the Employment and Consumer Law Group help Nashville workers resolve disputes over pay, discrimination, wrongful termination, overtime, harassment, and other work-related issues.
Our lawyers are committed to helping workers understand their rights and what to do if they are being violated. We fight fiercely to right the wrongs we see in the workplace and help clients obtain the compensation they deserve.
Call or contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced Nashville employment lawyer. Everything we discuss is confidential, and there’s no obligation.
Common Legal Issues in the Workplace
There are a number of problems that can arise on the job, such as:
- Wrongful termination: Tennessee is an at-will employment state. That means that employers can hire and fire employees for nearly any reason, and sometimes no reason at all. However, there are times when terminations are unlawful and have infringed on an employee’s rights. Our experienced attorneys will stand up for you if you’ve been wrongfully discharged.
- Privacy violations: There are many laws regarding employee privacy. While some expectations of privacy are reasonable and obvious (e.g., privacy in the restroom or in changing rooms), questions over other privacy rights, such as email and phone usage at work, can be more challenging to answer. Talk to an employment lawyer to determine whether your privacy has been violated what can be done to hold your employer accountable.
- Employment status: Employees are granted more rights than independent contractors and freelancers. Some employers intentionally misclassify employees as contractors in order to avoid paying overtime and providing other benefits. This is against the law. We can help with misclassification issues so that you can access the benefits you are entitled to receive.
- Wage disputes: Both Tennessee and federal laws are very clear that employees must be paid fair wages, including minimum wage and overtime. If you are not being paid properly, our dedicated wage and hour lawyers can demand for your employer to correct the error and compensate you fully.
- Discrimination: It is illegal is discriminate against someone for his or her age, race, sex, pregnancy, religion, disability, nationality, marital status and other protected categories. The Employment and Consumer Law Group will assist you with any discriminatory issues that you are facing at work with compassion and care.
- Sexual harassment: There is no room for sexual harassment anywhere, especially the workplace. Sexual harassment is demeaning and can affect an employee’s work performance and wellbeing. Our lawyers can help you file a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) and a lawsuit in court, if needed.
You are entitled to take action against your employer for wrongful business practices without fear of retaliation. If you believe that you have a valid claim against your employer, you can count on us to provide strong legal muscle and support during this stressful time
Other Areas of Employment Law We Handle
At the Employment and Consumer Law Group, our practice is exclusively focused on employees and consumers. In addition to the legal issues listed above, our attorneys also handle claims involving:
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): This act makes it illegal for employers to unreasonably deny employment based on a candidate’s disability and holds them accountable for providing appropriate accommodations for employees with disabilities.
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): The FMLA provides many employees with the right to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave to treat a serious medical condition or to care for a family member with a serious medical condition.
- Bad faith insurance: When insurance companies fail to make fair payments to their policyholders, it is considered acting in bad faith.
- Equal Pay Act: This law provides protection for the wages employees receive, regardless of their gender.
- Employer retaliation: Although it’s prohibited by law, employers sometimes retaliate against their employees for exercising their rights as a worker.
- Non-solicitation agreements: There are many contracts involved with employment, including non-solicitation agreements. It is advisable for all employees to let an employment lawyer review these contracts before signing them and to seek legal help if the contract is breached.
- Whistleblower laws: Whistleblowers are individuals who raises the alarm that their employer doing something illegal that defrauds the government. Whistleblower lawsuits are extremely complex, but they are also very necessary to keep unethical businesses in check.
Questions about whether you have a claim? Our Nashville employment and consumer lawyers are standing by to help. Call us today.
How to Prove Labor Law Violations in Nashville
Evidence is essential to prove that an employer has violated your rights. Sometimes the evidence in an employment law claim is direct. A witness statement and documentation of past complaints against the employer are examples of direct evidence. But more often than not, an employment law claim is based on circumstantial evidence.
Circumstantial evidence is less concrete information that establishes patterns of action to suggest an employer’s wrongdoing. In a gender discrimination case, circumstantial evidence might include continued and subtle insinuations about an employee based on his or her sex, or using a condescending tone when using gender pronounce in reference to the employee’s job performance.
Rarely, if ever, will an employer will confess to any wrongful actions. That makes circumstantial evidence a central component of your case. Because it can be difficult to know what sort of evidence will make a successful claim, it’s well-advised to work with an experienced lawyer who has handled cases like yours before.
When to Contact a Nashville Employment Lawyer
It can be hard to know whether your rights have been violated on the job. At the Employment and Consumer Law Group, we believe all Tennesseans deserve to know whether they’re being treated unfairly. That’s why we offer free consultations to prospective clients.
Seek legal help whenever you suspect that your employer:
- Has harassed, discriminated, or retaliated against you
- Fired you and you feel as though it was a wrongful termination
- Is trying to force you into signing an agreement that will effectively cause you to relinquish your rights
- Has violated employment laws intended to protect employees
- Has violated the terms of your contract
It’s especially important to speak to an employment attorney if you are unsure whether your employer has acted unlawfully. Many times, workers don’t speak up because they aren’t confident in their ability to assess their situation accurately. Let us do that. You can count on the Employment and Consumer Law Group to provide accurate, no-nonsense legal advice in a friendly atmosphere.
Why Choose the Employment and Consumer Law Group?
The Nashville employment law attorneys at the Employment and Consumer Law Group focus solely on employee and consumer rights. When you work with us, you get lawyers who are dedicated to fighting for you. We understand that going up against your employer can feel like an intimidating task. Let us take the pressure off you. We’ll do the heavy work and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Ready to learn more? Contact us online or pick up the phone to schedule your free case review.