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 (844) 648-1678 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:
- Disabilities – Workers who suffer from physical or mental disabilities are protected from employment discrimination by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Discrimination – Age, sex, religion, pregnancy, race, nationality, and other identifying categories are protected by the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 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.
- Sexual Harassment – Sexual harassment is considered a form of employment discrimination. Sexual harassment in the workplace violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
- Family and Medical Leave Act Violations – The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) grants certain “covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave.” This is especially important during a global health crisis like COVID-19. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act actually expands the FMLA in a variety of ways, including which employers are covered by the act, how long the employee has to be employed to qualify and it provides paid leave for employees who are ill due to the coronavirus or are caring for ill family members or children related to child care closures. Please see our COVID-19 section below for additional details.
- Employee Contract Issues – From non-compete clauses to non-disclosure agreements, Ponce Law reviews employee contracts to determine fairness and relevance to our clients’ cases.
- Employer Retaliation – Retaliation against employees might occur due to workers’ compensation claims or internal complaints expressed by workers. When employers retaliate against workers, employees should always seek legal counsel.
Don’t let your employer push you around. Let our Nashville employment lawyers build a strong case for you—we’ll help you get the compensation you deserve.
Nashville COVID-19 Employment Law Cases
As businesses and their employees struggle to overcome challenges posed by COVID-19, some workers have been treated unfairly by their employers. At Ponce Law, we’re committed to helping workers who were wrongfully terminated, underpaid, or harmed in other ways by their employer during this difficult time.
Fortunately, the law is on our side. On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a new rule that protects workers by ensuring they “are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus, while at the same time reimbursing businesses.”
As part of that temporary rule, certain employers are required to provide up to 80 hours of paid sick leave to employees who need to take time off for COVID-19-related reasons, including:
- the employee or someone the employee is caring for is subject to a government quarantine order or has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine;
- the employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking medical attention; or,
- the employee is caring for his or her son or daughter whose school or place of care is closed or whose childcare provider is unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.
If you’ve been mistreated by your employer during the COVID-19 pandemic, and you feel your employer breached the rules specified above or violated any other employment laws, you are within your rights to explore your legal options.
Ponce Law is currently accepting calls about COVID-19 employment-related issues in Middle Tennessee. Contact our Nashville employment attorneys for a free, confidential case assessment.
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.
Our attorneys have received recognition in the legal community for the services we offer our clients. Though we’re proud to be recognized by Avvo, Martindale-Hubbell, the Better Business Bureau, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, we’re proudest of the results we’ve achieved for clients.
We deal firmly with employers to make sure our clients get the respect, compensation, and fair treatment they’re entitled to. Let us provide you with a free case evaluation to help you explore your legal options. Contact a Nashville employment law attorney at Ponce Law today to get started.
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 Nashville employment 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 based upon federal statute violations.
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.
Contact Our Nashville Employment Lawyers Today
At Ponce Law, we fight for workers’ rights. We have years of experience getting mistreated employees justice. We want to hear about your case, so we can give you a free consultation.
Contact Ponce Law today to learn more about our Nashville employment law attorneys and how we can help you.