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Q: I am denied maternity benefits or paid maternity leave by my company since I am a contract employee.

I am working in an US based MNC located in Chennai, as a contract employee. I was employed as a consultant in contract for 1year from Mar 2022 till Mar 2023 and my contract will be renewed from Mar 2023 to Mar 2024. As I am 4 months pregnant, I have asked for maternity leave from July 2023. But I... Read more »

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Q: What if you won your case and don’t know former employers work address and your lawyer want return calls or emails ?

How do you collect your money and is there a time limit on collecting this money

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Feb 8, 2023

You can hire someone to perform a background check and skip trace for assets if you have a judgment. In Tennessee a judgement is good for ten years and can be renewed by motion. If you discover assets, you can garnish wages, levy accounts, and personal property.

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Q: What can I do about fragrance sensitivities in the workplace that aren’t being taken seriously?

I have been diagnosed with Posterior Vitreous Detachment in my eye which has caused a sensitivity to fragrances at work. My optometrist wrote a letter to my boss requesting reasonable accommodations with regard to fragrances as it burns my eye and gives me migraines. It has been 4 months, my boss... Read more »

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Q: I had worked at my job for 4 years when the position I had been training for was taken out from under me from the owners

“Friend” so I decided to find a new full time

Job but work there part time. The owners decided to sell the company in the midst of this and I was never told by the gm i needed to come fill out jew paperwork for the new company like everyone else and I was ignored when asked about it, so... Read more »

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Q: I was had soniority over 6 others and I was terminated along with the last person hired, I was with the company 14 years

My record has been clean, there was no evidence that I was in danger of being fired, no write ups. I would have preferred getting written-up so I could know that I need to improve. The company kept a worker with one year experience and had struggles learning the job. I think that I was targeted... Read more »

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Q: Can an employer in TN that provides training for commissioned sales require a deposit on sales materials/tools?

Materials for the position are proprietary and are required to be returned upon termination. The deposit will be refunded upon the return of sales tools.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jan 18, 2023

No legal requirements involved. If that is the requirement of the employer, then the employee must comply if he works there.

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Q: Can an employer in TN that provides training for commissioned sales require a deposit on sales materials/tools?

Materials for the position are proprietary and are required to be returned upon termination. The deposit will be refunded upon the return of sales tools.

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Q: Can an employer in TN that provides training for commissioned sales require a deposit on sales materials/tools?

Materials for the position are proprietary and are required to be returned upon termination. The deposit will be refunded upon the return of sales tools.

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Q: Didn't reply by deadline email re: possible unemployment overpay (covid dates). Now default fraud. Can pmts stop trouble

I didn't do anything on purpose, no paperwork, my files lost during move. Don't want to go to jail. Trying to set up pmt plan.

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Q: Question on Exempt Employees Working From home and PTO policy

If employers policy states "Employees with in 40 miles of office are required to be in office on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. If employee is not in office on those days, it will need to be recorded as PTO". My question is if an employee is sick and chooses to work from home, and is... Read more »

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Q: If My Job Gets My Check Wrong But Is Fixing It Am I Obligated To Work I Really Don’t Wanna Work Until I Get What I’m Owe
Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Jan 4, 2023

Yes. While mistakes in pay could lead to wage violations if they are not timely corrected, you still have an obligation to work your normal schedule if you're still employed with the company, and the company can discipline or terminate you for failing to do so.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Employment Discrimination for Tennessee on
Q: Will someone please answer this for me? I was fired today.

I was fired from a local company and the reason was they found out I was in recovery and said via text “we can’t have you come back with your history of drug abuse. We are afraid you’ll steal”. I have asked this question multiple time and can’t get a response. Do I have any legal action?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Dec 6, 2022

Unless there is a contract, all TN employment is terminable at will of the employer. No action exists.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Business Law for Tennessee on
Q: I have a check that was written to “buyout” my contract until the end of the month. I don’t agree but I got to eat

It says buyout on my check that has pay due to me via salary plus a little more. I’ve been severely lied to and I will take action but this money is added to my regular salary and I have bills so do I use a without prejudice UCC on the check before I sign. Even if I use the code without prejudice... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Nov 14, 2022

If you cash the check it will probably be an accord and satisfaction of any debt owed. Either file suit or take the money.

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Q: I lost my job in May. The company I was working for claims that I "cussed out my supervisor and walked off the job".

My recollection of that night is somewhat different. I was having a regular night, but a little before halfway through the shift I started to get the aura of a migraine headache and I informed my supervisor that I was going to be leaving early. I also said that I had 8hrs of PTO accrued and, if... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Aug 8, 2022

Tennessee is an employment at will State. No reason is needed for termination.

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Q: I earn paid time off for each hour I work. Is the company required to pay out my PTO after I quit. Gave 2 week notice.

Company policy is PTO is forfeited.

Courtney Cotter
Courtney Cotter
answered on Jun 21, 2022

If the company policy is that PTO is forfeited, then unfortunately you will lose your PTO.

Tennessee Wage Regulation Act, Tenn. Code Ann. 50-2-103(a)(3), provides:

… The final wages of an employee who quits or is discharged shall include any vacation pay or other compensatory...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Employment Law for Tennessee on
Q: My job fired me because I have a health problem. What can I do?

I have a chronic heart problem and my job has just fired me because of that. How can I find a lawyer to take the case?

Alexander D. Weatherby
Alexander D. Weatherby
answered on Jun 2, 2022

Hi! Based on your post, it sounds like you need an employment lawyer, not a personal injury lawyer. I would recommend that you contact the Tennessee State Bar for a referral to an employment lawyer ASAP to ensure your rights are protected. I wish you the best with your case - Alex

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Tennessee on
Q: Employment law and stock option grant question

Hi there--I was laid off from my job at a tech company last week. I have stock grants that vest 20% each year for 5 years. The lay-off occurred 10 1/2 months into my 2nd year of vesting, so I'm leaving a lot of money behind. I'm 54 years old and other people performing much worse than... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on May 31, 2022

You should contact a Tennessee employment attorney to discuss a potential age discrimination claim under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). As for your contract containing the stock grants and the separation agreement you were given, you should also have these reviewed by a Tennessee... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Tennessee on
Q: Owner of salon just sold business and new owner requires new contract to be signed by June 1st. Now does not wish to

Continue business relationship and asked me to leave. I am booth rental and have no contract with new owner, can she just tell me to leave or must she give me adequate notice?I am in Knoxville TN.

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright
answered on May 23, 2022

if you had a contract with the prior owner/ a lease - then you may have an ability to rely upon this as to the term of same.

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