Although Tennessee is a right-to-work state, employees like you are still protected by many federal laws. Those laws include protection against discrimination for things like age, race, sex, disability status, religion, and more.
In addition, federal law also requires employers to pay workers overtime wages if they exceed 40 hours of work in a given week. Employers who attempt to circumvent this rule by changing workers’ employment statuses to salaried can face fines and other actions.
Tennessee law also protects workers. For example, Tennessee requires almost all employers to have workers’ compensation insurance. That insurance is designed to help workers recoup lost money if they get hurt or develop an illness on the job and can’t earn their paychecks for a prolonged period of time.
All workers in Tennessee are also required to receive at least one 30-minute break if they’re working for at least six consecutive hours. Employers may violate this requirement in an effort to maximize profits by understaffing and under-hiring.
If you or someone you love was taken advantage of by an employer, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Laws exist for a reason, and there should be consequences to violating them—even when it’s done by a big corporation. The Nashville employment law attorneys at Ponce Law are here to help. Call us today for a free consultation.