Federal Laws Protect You in Your Workplace

by Staff Blogger | April 25th, 2018

Tennessee is a right-to-work state. That means either you or your employer can terminate your employment at any time.

However, the federal government has passed many laws in the past several decades that protect workers in all states from being abused or mistreated by their employers. At Ponce Law, our Nashville employment lawyers know that employers in Music City and throughout Middle Tennessee sometimes violate those laws, and when they do, workers like you can hold them accountable.

As an employee, you have several rights that are guaranteed and protected by federal laws, including:

  • The right to a workplace free from discrimination – No employer can discriminate against an employee because of his or her age, sex, religion, pregnancy status, race, disability, or nationality.
  • The right to overtime wages if you exceed 40 hours in a given week – If you’re a non-salaried employee, federal laws mandate that you must receive overtime pay for every hour you work beyond 40 in one week. In addition, you also must be paid for every hour you’re at work.

Being mistreated, harassed, or discriminated against at work can be a difficult experience for anyone. You want to stand up for your rights, but you may be afraid of what will happen to your job or your career.

Let us help guide you through this delicate situation. We know how to handle workplace disputes and employment law violations, and we want to protect your rights. Call today for a free consultation.