Nashville Employment Lawyers

Tennessee Discrimination Lawsuit Will Go to Trial Next April

by Staff Blogger | November 16th, 2015

The Tennessee Human Rights Act establishes a set of policies that helps ensure workers are treated fairly and equally in the workplace. It also creates a process for workers to take legal action if an employer is found to hold bias against certain workers based on factors such as sex, race, religion, ethnicity, or citizenship status.

The Nashville workplace discrimination lawyers at Ponce Law explain three former employees of the University of Tennessee are exercising their rights to equality in the workplace by filing a discrimination lawsuit against the school. They claim they were unfairly compensated for the work they were doing based on either their sex or their affiliation with women’s sports programs.

One of the victims was the associate director of sports medicine at the university, while the other two were strength-training coaches. Each claims evidence will show they were paid less than other employees who carried similar job titles with men’s sports programs. The trio filed their complaint in Oct. 2012 and, according to an article from The Washington Times, the case is scheduled to go to trial in April 2016.

The damage that discrimination can cause can be long lasting. That’s why the Nashville employment lawyers at Ponce Law are hopeful that this particular Tennessee discrimination lawsuit will help bring closure to each of the victims who were allegedly underpaid for their work.

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.

Nashville Construction Workers Go on Strike for Better Treatment

by Staff Blogger | July 27th, 2015

Officials estimate that by 2035, Nashville will have as many as 2.6 million residents. This would make the city larger than Denver, Colorado, is today.

With so many people expected to flock to the region, it’s no surprise that the construction industry is booming in Nashville. Unfortunately, many construction companies do not provide workers with fair wages and worksites can be dangerous. The Nashville employment lawyers at Ponce Law explain these issues can lead to disputes between workers and employers.

In fact, a group of eight Tennessee construction workers recently went on strike to bring attention to the low wages they receive and the risks they face. WKRN News issued a press release from the group that highlighted specific instances where their employer had mistreated the striking workers.

The owners of the construction companies in question have denied any wrongdoing, and the workers say they will stay on strike as long as it takes to see a change.

At Ponce Law, we believe in protecting the rights of Middle Tennessee’s workers. That’s why our Nashville personal injury attorneys are hopeful a resolution in the matter can be reached soon.

Nashville Employment Lawyers Discuss Workplace Discrimination

by Staff Blogger | May 13th, 2015

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.

Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans With Disabilities Act

by Staff Blogger | March 25th, 2015

Every American worker—including those who are disabled—have the right to fair treatment on the job. That wasn’t always the case, though. It wasn’t until 25 years ago that these rights were established when the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was signed into law.

The ADA outlines policies that prohibit employers from discriminating against a worker due to a mental or physical disability. In order for a disability to be covered under the ADA, it must be serious and permanent.

To celebrate the anniversary of the signing of this law, an event was held at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. The program was highlighted by a speech given by one of the men responsible for pushing the ADA into law, Lex Frieden.

An article from the Austin American-Statesmen explained how Frieden discussed how crucial it is for disabled Americans to be their own best advocates and to develop partnerships with others. He also pointed out the importance of strong leadership and perseverance in the face of adversity.

At Ponce Law, we understand the impact the ADA has had on the American justice system, and our Nashville personal injury lawyers would like to take this moment to applaud our nation for taking such strong steps to protect disabled citizens from discrimination.

How Does the Tennessee Healthy Workplace Act Protect Workers?

by Staff Blogger | February 11th, 2015

Many Tennesseans get along well with their bosses and coworkers, but some deal with abuse, discrimination, and bullying on the job. The Nashville employment lawyers with Ponce Law want anyone who is the victim of such behaviors to know there are laws protecting you and help is available.

An article from The Wall Street Journal reports that last year, Tennessee passed a law called the Healthy Workplace Act. This piece of legislation states that individual employees in the public sector can be held liable for abusive or discriminatory acts. Furthermore, the law encourages organizations to create policies that will curb bullying, sexual harassment, and other such behaviors.

Having legislation like this on the books is one thing, but holding those who break Tennessee employment laws accountable for their actions is another. The process of filing a claim, presenting evidence, negotiating a settlement, and even going to trial can be complicated.

At Ponce Law, we have years of experience helping employees who have been harmed on the job get the compensation they deserve, and our lawyers have the knowledge to help answer your questions about discrimination or abuse on the job in Tennessee. Call us today at 615-244-4325.

Tennessee Court Ruling States Workers Have Same Rights as Legal Employees

by Staff Blogger | August 18th, 2014

At Michael D. Ponce & Associates, our Nashville employment lawyers point out that most companies in Tennessee are prohibited from firing injured workers for work-related injuries. But what happens if the injured worker is undocumented? These questions are currently being examined in the state’s court system, and the answer seems to be that undocumented workers have the same rights as legal residents who work.

The case stems from an incident in Jan. 2011, when an undocumented employee injured his back while working for a company in Whiteville, Tennessee. The worker received medical treatment from a doctor he was referred to by his employer. According to Business Insurance, he later had trouble getting workers’ compensation benefits and hired an attorney to help with the case.

When the attorney attempted to contact the employer, management became irate with the employee and later fired him. This prompted the filing of a wrongful termination and retaliation claim by the worker.

The case went to trial, and a jury determined the worker had no right to file a Tennessee wrongful termination claim because he didn’t have legal work status. However, the state’s Court of Appeals recently overturned the decision by stating that the previous decision had undermined numerous state laws aimed at protecting workers’ rights.

Ponce Law’s team of attorneys has seen the difficulties that can arise for injured workers who are wrongfully terminated from their positions. That’s why we are hopeful the decision reached in this case will help bring some closure to the incident for the worker who was hurt and his family.

Lawsuit Filed Against Local University Alleges Unfair Hiring Practices

by Staff Blogger | November 27th, 2013

November 27, 2013

The law requires companies to meet certain standards when it comes to taking care of their employees. These standards often include minimum pay requirements and carrying insurance for injured workers. Failure to meet these requirements can result in stiff penalties.

The Nashville Employment Dispute Lawyers with Ponce Law explain the Mid-South Carpenters Regional Council has filed a lawsuit against Middle Tennessee State University, alleging contractors the school is using on its campus are not meeting certain employment standards.

According to an article from Sidelines, Turner Construction is hiring workers using 1099 forms, which categorizes them as subcontractors and not employees. However, the company is paying workers set wages and giving them schedules without paying benefits or taxes as an employer.

Victor White, the Director of Organizing for the Mid-South Carpenters Regional Council, states he has taken his message to numerous organizations that manage the school and it’s campus. MTSU officials have denied any wrongdoing though, stating they are recipients of the company’s work and have no control over hiring practices.

Michael D. Ponce & Associates’ team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers is aware of the numerous complications that can arise during an employment dispute. That is why the firm suggests speaking with an attorney regarding your legal rights if you have been harmed by an employer’s hiring practices.

Workers From Nashville Restaurant Consider Legal Action Over Unpaid Wages

by Staff Blogger | September 9th, 2013

September 9, 2013

The Nashville Employment Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that one of the most common reasons for legal disputes between workers and their employers are unpaid wages.

Such an issue has led a former employee of a Nashville restaurant to begin a picket line and consider legal action against the former owners of the eatery. She claims to be owed three weeks worth of wages.

An article from News Channel 5 explained that issues began for Chappy’s on Church began several years ago, when employees claim they would sometimes wait for weeks to be paid and even receive IOUs in lieu of a check. The problems came to a head when the federal government seized the restaurant because of failure to pay taxes. After the restaurant close, the owners disappeared.

Now, roughly 18 employees say they are still owed money from the owner as he prepares to open a new location in New Orleans. The employees are considering taking legal action against the restaurant and its owners if the matter is not resolved.

The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates recognize the difficulties that failures to be paid for work can cause. The firm is here to help anyone who has not received fair compensation from an employer.