Hardeman County Sheriff Files Tennessee Wage Dispute Lawsuit

by Staff Blogger | August 12th, 2015

Tennesseans work hard for their money. And when an employee doesn’t receive the compensation they’re supposed to get, it can result in a Tennessee wage dispute.

This is precisely what happened recently in Hardeman County when the sheriff filed a lawsuit against the mayor and the county in response to salary cuts.

An article from The Washington Times explains that the suit was filed when the sheriff was made aware of the reductions in pay to a number of his department’s employees through the county’s 2015-2016 budget. He claims that two employees’ salaries were slashed by as much as $5,000 per year.

State law says a sheriff’s department employee’s salary cannot be cut without the approval of the sheriff. Furthermore, if a county official disagrees with the amount of compensation allocated to an employee, a lawsuit must be filed to settle the matter.

The Sheriff is hoping that the suit will result in his employees’ original salaries being reinstated.

Protecting employees’ rights is a top priority of the Nashville employment lawyers at Ponce Law. That’s why our legal staff is hopeful that a decision in this case will bring closure to the Hardeman County employees affected by budget changes.