In Tennessee, the law protects workers from discrimination based on factors such as religion, race, ethnicity, sex, age, and disability. If a worker is mistreated or fired for any of these reasons, the Nashville workplace discrimination lawyers at Ponce Law explain that you may have rights to compensation.
A prime example is the case of a former Bedford County Jail guard who was fired because she is a woman. According to the Times-Gazette, the woman could be awarded as much as $75,000 in addition to the $385,000 back pay she was awarded after being fired due to her gender.
Reports indicate the female guard was on duty on the night a prisoner escaped. She was assigned to check the cells of female inmates, while a male guard was in charge of checking on male inmates. Although she had no contact with the inmate who escaped, the female guard was fired and the male guard was allowed to keep his job.
The woman filed suit against her former employer, citing other occasions where favor was given to male employees over females. A jury agreed.
At Ponce Law, we know the emotional and financial damage that can result from on-the-job discrimination. Our Nashville employment lawyers are here to answer your questions if you believe you were terminated from your position due to discrimination.