Your job is like your second home. And in return for your hard work and dedication, you should receive a fair wage, a comfortable work environment, and a chance to succeed. Unfortunately, some employers take advantage of workers like you through discrimination, sexual harassment, or unpaid wages. Contact us at (800) 363-9113 or fill out a free initial consultation form, and see how we can help you.
Employment Cases We Handle
At Ponce Law, we’re familiar with many types of employment law cases, such as:
Workers who suffer from physical or mental disabilities are protected from employment discrimination by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Age, sex, religion, pregnancy, race, nationality, and other identifying categories are protected by the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1991 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967.
- Wage Disputes
The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers pay their workers a fair wage for all labor performed and overtime pay for any labor exceeding 40 hours in one workweek.
Don’t let your employer push you around. Let our employment lawyers build a strong case for you—we’ll help you get the compensation you deserve.
Employment Law FAQ
What does at-will employment mean?
Employers may legally terminate an employee at any time for any reason, or for no reason at all, with the exception of those specifically prohibited by federal and state law.
Likewise, an employee is free to leave a job at any time for any or no reason with no legal consequences.
What are the exceptions to at-will termination?
According to federal law, an employee cannot be fired on the basis of:
- Skin color,
- National origin, and/or
Furthermore, the state of Tennessee prevents employees from being fired for:
- Voting in elections,
- Filing a workers’ compensation claim,
- Being called to jury duty,
- Being called to military service,
- Exercising right of association, and/or
- Wage garnishment
How do I recognize discrimination in the workplace?
Examples of workplace discrimination may include:
- Harassment, such as repeated offensive remarks and behavior directed toward someone based on their skin color, religion, etc.
- Preferential treatment, such as only promoting based on gender, skin color, etc.
- Excluding certain candidates from the hiring process
- Being denied work shifts or being given an unfair share of work
- Being denied access to meetings or company facilities
- Being denied benefits
- Being denied access to training
How long do I have to file an employment lawsuit?
Tennessee has a general statute of limitations of one year for personal injury cases, but depending on the type of employment lawsuit, it may be much shorter.
For example, in a discrimination case, employees have 300 days after the initial offense to file a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or 180 days if their workplace has less than 15 employees.
Contact a lawyer immediately if you’ve experienced unfair and/or illegal treatment in the workplace so you don’t miss your chance to seek restitution.
What is the EEOC?
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency responsible for enforcing civil laws surrounding workplace discrimination. You must file a Charge of Discrimination with the EEOC before you can file a job discrimination lawsuit.
My job doesn’t allow me to take a lunch break or sick days. Is this allowed?
Tennessee employers must allow employees working six consecutive hours or more a 30-minute unpaid meal or rest break. However, Tennessee law does not require employers to provide sick leave or paid-time-off.
Why Call Ponce Law?
When you’re facing an employment law claim, you may be worried about the cost of hiring an attorney. But at Ponce Law, we work on the No Fee Guarantee®. That means you don’t owe us anything unless we get money for you. You have nothing to lose—call today.