The Higgins Firm was created to serve individuals across Tennessee and across the country with their specific employment and other legal needs. With an experienced employment law team, The Higgins Firm has successfully represented hardworking employees throughout the country in a wide variety of employment law cases. Whether the case involved one employee or a large group of workers for a class action, The Higgins Firm has provided services to a number of clients with one goal in mind: justice.
Support for Your Workplace Rights Violations is Available
Despite strict laws being designed to protect the rights of workers, discrimination still occurs at all levels and in all types. Having your rights violated while you’re trying to make an honest living to support you and your family can be disheartening and lead to painful emotions or stressors. The Higgins Firm has a team of Tennessee employee rights lawyers who understand the complex laws related to employment and workers rights. If you feel you have been the victim of a workplace violation or employment discrimination, legal support and guidance is available.
Types of Employment Discrimination and Worker Rights Violations
Workplace violations and employment discrimination can come in a variety of forms. However, all are considered to be unlawful and is expressly prohibited by federal regulations including the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Equal Pay Act. A number of state laws which should be adhered to by Tennessee companies also have been evoked to protect your rights; these may cover the following: Race discrimination
- Gender discrimination
- Religious or political discrimination
- Age discrimination
- Disability or pregnancy discrimination
- Nationality discrimination
- Addiction discrimination
All legal places of employment are required by law to pay employees the minimum wage which has been set within the state. In addition to this base pay, jobs may also need to adhere to laws regarding overtime pay, vacation pay, or holiday pay. These can vary and may depend on regulations set forth by the company. A Tennessee employee rights lawyer may investigate an alleged salary discrimination claim to determine whether or not you are owed monetary compensation.
Tip Pooling Violations
In Tennessee, and other states, companies are required to ensure employees make at least the minimum wage when tip pooling is included in the job description. If part of the tips have been taken and/or reallocated by the employer, it is considered to be a violation and illegal by law.
Sexual harassment is not limited to one gender or sexual orientation. Rather, it can affect people of all backgrounds and lead to serious emotional and mental struggles. Sexual harassment includes physical or verbal language as well as, situations where an employer’s decisions such as hiring, firing, or promotions are contingent upon the employee acting out sexual favors.
It is the right of an employee to speak out about potentially dangerous situations, illegal issues, or concerns within a workplace environment. A Tennessee employee rights lawyer may be able to protect the whistleblower from workplace or financial repercussions, personal harm, and legal threats. Before you engage in whistleblowing activity, it’s advisable to contact a lawyer for further guidance.
How Employment Discrimination Can be Carried Out
Employment discrimination is not only limited to verbal or physical assault. Rather, a workplace may discriminate by any one (or more) of the following:
- Refusal to hire
- Termination, including layoffs, or forced retirement
- Refusal of promotion, demotion or transfer
- Job recruiting and advertisement text
- Denying the use of company facilities
- Rejecting training
- Refuse benefits such as health coverage
- Disability leave
In addition to laws being designed to protect your rights in the workplace, there are further laws in place which are meant to safeguard you from retaliation. Unfortunately, retaliation is possible after filing a complaint, speaking your concerns, or pursuing a legal claim even though it is illegal by law. It is also illegal to deny or refuse to look into a complaint in order to protect the company or other employees. Retaliation can occur in a number of forms including:
- Refusal to hire
- Denial of promotion or demotion
- Creating a hostile work environment
- Threats and harassment
- Unjustified negative evaluations
- Increased surveillance which impedes on your right to privacy
- Negative references
- Assault or violence
The first step to reaching out to an employee rights lawyer in Tennessee might be the most challenging; however it may instill peace of mind in a number of ways. Apart from potential monetary compensation, you may also enable your employer to take responsibility for their inappropriate behaviors; thereby, eliminate any future possibility of discrimination or harassment. Local, state, and the federal government may also examine select cases to gain a comprehensive understanding of issues in the workplace. Through this, the elected representatives may be able to design future-proof laws to better protect individual’s workplace rights.
The Higgins Firm, a Tennessee Employee Rights Lawyer
When you’ve been discriminated or harassed in a workplace, your rights have been directly violated. A law firm working on your side understands the emotional impact you’re facing as well as the complexities involved.
Our Tennessee based lawyers have successfully represented people who have been involved in employment discrimination or workplace rights violations. We understand confronting these precarious situations can be intimidating and lead to fears of pursuing a claim. Through dedicated support and a tenacious will to fight for your rights, we can help you to seek justice.
If you believe you’ve experienced any form of workplace discrimination, please contact our Tennessee employee rights lawyers. Through a free consultation, we can assess your circumstances and provide you with a practical course of action. Please call us today at 800.705.2121.