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.
October 18th, 2013|
October 18, 2013
Employers have a legal responsibility to pay workers for the time that they work. However, disputes can sometimes arise between employees and company owners regarding pay. The Nashville Wage Dispute Lawyers with Ponce Law point out that hundreds of Amazon.com employees in Tennessee recently settled a lawsuit, in which they claimed they should be paid for the time they spend going through routine security checks.
According to an article from WTVR 6 News, warehouse employees are required to go through metal detectors prior to leaving the facility in order to prevent theft by workers. If the detectors go off, the employee is required to allow security to go through their personal belongings. Workers state the process can sometimes take up to 20 minutes to complete. This can make taking a break extremely difficult, considering workers are only allowed a single, unpaid 30 minute break for lunch per day.
In an effort to resolve the complaints, the company has offered reimbursements to workers for anywhere between several hundred and several thousand dollars, depending on how long the plaintiffs had worked at the warehouse.
The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates are aware of how complex employment disputes can become and are hopeful the decision that was reached in the recent case brings a sense of closure to the incident for the victims.