Distinguished Statewide Advocates for Tennessee Employees’ Rights
Skilled employment lawyers protecting the rights of employees in Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis and Jackson and throughout the state
Have you been unjustly terminated? Were you harassed or discriminated against at work? Have you been denied proper pay or benefits? The Tennessee employment law attorneys of Gilbert Russell McWherter Scott Bobbitt PLC are recognized leaders in all aspects of employment-related litigation, including discrimination, harassment, contractual disputes and whistleblower retaliation. When you have suffered because your employer or potential employer breaks the law, you need a strong advocate on your side.
The Gilbert Firm’s offices are located throughout the state, in Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis and Jackson, allowing us to be in contact with our clients through the state at all times. Our team, led by attorneys Justin Gilbert and Jonathan Bobbitt, puts its more than 80 years of combined experienced and considerable skills to work on behalf of those who have suffered or been treated unjustly by employers, supervisors, owners and partners, to ensure that you and your peers have a safe and secure working environment.
Fighting cases of workplace discrimination and harassment in Tennessee
Employment law refers to all the state and federal legislation, case law, and related standards of conduct that apply to the employer-employee relationship in our state. One of the most common employment-related offenses is discrimination, which often goes hand-in-hand with workplace harassment of any kind. The law forbids discrimination on the basis of certain “protected statuses” in any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment. Those protected classes include:
You cannot be treated poorly at work, or denied a position based on any of those characteristics. You also have the right to feel safe and secure from harassment by your employer, your supervisors and your peers. If you are harassed and abused at work because of who you are or what you believe, you may have a claim for hostile work environment. If you were fired due to discrimination, you might have a case for wrongful termination.
Sexual harassment is considered a form of gender discrimination—the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) defines workplace sexual harassment as “unwelcome sexual advances or conduct of a sexual nature which unreasonably interferes with the performance of a person’s job or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.” While sexual harassment may be the most well-known to employees, harassment can occur because of your race, your ethnic background, your religion – indeed, any of the forms discrimination takes. When it does, the Gilbert Firm is prepared to fight on your behalf to uphold your rights.
Protecting employees from retaliation
Retaliation refers to when an employee is treated poorly, demoted, or fired in response to the employee’s protected actions. For example, if you were retaliated against for filing a sexual harassment lawsuit, this may be cause to pursue additional damages. Other forms of retaliation include:
- Whistleblowers and whistleblower retaliation. A company whose management retaliates against a whistleblower’s complaint of fraud or illegal activities may be liable to the employee, and may even face criminal prosecution in some circumstances.
- Workers compensation benefits claim retaliation. Because the volume of claims by a company may have an adverse effect on its insurance premiums, management may try to dissuade an injured employee from filing a claim, or may retaliate against him or her by harassment or termination if the claim is actually filed.
- Union retaliation. Neither a company nor its individual managers and supervisors may interfere with an employee’s selection of a union for collective bargaining. The NLRA also prohibits employers from retaliating against their employees for exercising their rights to organize.
Additional employment law services for Tennessee clients
The Firm helps clients with a variety of other employment law matters, from contract problems to False Claim Act (Qui Tam) lawsuits. We are often called upon to assist clients in claims and cases regarding:
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations
- Breach of contract
- Severance and non-competition agreements
- Executive pay and executive compensation
- Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act
- False Claims Act (qui tam)
- Equal Pay Act
- Interference with contract and/or business relationships
Let the Gilbert Firm be your advocate when unlawful employment practices threaten your rights
If you have been the victim of employment discrimination, retaliation or any other unfair employment or insurance practice please call 888.996.9731 to discuss your complaint with one of Gilbert Firm’s Tennessee employment attorneys, or fill out our contact form to reserve a consultation.
With four Tennessee offices in Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis and Jackson, the employment and insurance claim lawyers of Gilbert Firm can serve clients across West, Middle and East Tennessee.