October 15th, 2014|
Tennessee state law requires that an individual be compensated for the work that they perform. An exception to this rule is made for student athletes, who are often required to sign releases stating they are not being paid. However, 10 former athletes who say these releases are “unconscionable and vague” have filed a Nashville wage dispute claim.
Court documents show the athletes were all participants in televised games. They believe the broadcasters and networks that aired the games were making billions of dollars, while the athletes were only receiving compensation for their costs to attend the game. According to an article from ESPN, the athletes believe they should be fairly compensated for the use and licensing of their names and images.
Furthermore, attorneys accuse the broadcasters of “colluding” with conferences, like the SEC, to control and limit the amount of compensation student athletes can receive.
The case was filed on Friday in U.S. District Court in Nashville and will be heard sometime in the near future.
At Ponce Law, we understand the importance of having laws in place that protect workers’ rights to fair and equal compensation. That’s why our team of Nashville employment lawyers are hopeful a decision in this case will bring closure to the athletes who feel they have been treated unfairly.
September 15th, 2014|
The expenses faced by most employees injured on the job are often covered by Tennessee workers’ compensation insurance. However, several factors can leave a worker with no benefits. These include a worker’s industry and citizenship status.
The Tennessean recently examined the dangers and deplorable living conditions that many working in our state’s tobacco industry face today. The article discussed how, despite numerous worker injuries, the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration has not conducted a safety inspection at a tobacco farm since Oct. 2006.
Experts say that there are too few laws regulating the industry and there is not enough funding to cover expenses associated with the inspections.
Regardless of these problems, it’s important for workers to remember that there is help available if they are injured on the job. A Tennessee workers compensation attorney may be able to assist you with getting benefits.
This was illustrated in a case recently heard before the state’s courts, which found that undocumented workers who cannot return to work because of injuries or illnesses still have the right to sue their employers if they are wrongfully terminated from their positions due to their conditions.
At Ponce Law, we understand Tennessee employment law and can help you navigate our state’s legal system. So if you’ve been hurt on the job, feel free to give us a call at 615-244-4325 to learn more about how we can help you.