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Q: can i sue for wrongful termination

i was fired with no notice no severance no reason except they needed to make room for another salary from an employee at another store and I was the last kitchen manager at this location. 2 weeks before this I had a conversation with the admin about my cooks going to work at the other location and... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 15, 2019

Your facts would be a weak cause of action at best. If you complained to the Department of Labor prior to termination, it might have been a decent case. Other lawyers might disagree. You have a 1 year SOL.

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Q: Are the Tennessee Code #'s 50-1-307 and 50-1-309 still active codes?

I am a volunteer fire fighter that works in a fast food restaurant in Tennessee, but the owner of that store is from South Carolina. I don't know if South Carolina has similar codes to the two listed above, that way I can be protected should I get a call prior to my shift starting, and/or get a... Read more »

Frank J. Steiner answered on Jan 10, 2019

Yes, the code sections are current

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Q: I have a pending claim with the EEOC on my employer for wrongful termination. They offered 18500?

Should i accept this offer and ask for more?

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Nov 6, 2018

Thanks for your question; however, it is impossible to tell you what to accept in settlement, because we don't know all of the facts. In 2002 and 2003, I practiced employment discrimination law exclusively. As I recall, if the case was very good, we would demand what a typical jury verdict would... Read more »

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Q: Any kind of suit possible from this scenerio?

I am 50 year old female who started a position part time at $15.00/hr. Was told it would become full time in new budget year with no mention of different pay rate. When received my offer letter for full time, pay was dropped $3/hr. Their reason was because I was now getting benefits.But the only... Read more »

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jul 30, 2018

Well, you are in at least two protected classes. You are over the age of 40, so there may be age discrimination. You are a female, so there may be sex-related discrimination. I don't know what race you are; however, that could be a factor as well. It sounds like you may have some circumstantial... Read more »

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Q: I went to human resources about an incident over another employee harrassing and intimadating me, in general scaring me.

Human resources told me pending investigation I am the one that they will terminate. Can they do that?

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jul 17, 2018

The employer can't terminate you for simply reporting harassment, if the facts are as above-stated. The question is why did they decide to terminate you upon investigation? There may be a reason, and there may not be a reason. There is no way to know just based on this statement. I would... Read more »

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Q: I was discharged from a job because the supervisor had issues with my husband and in laws from a previous job..

I had only had a couple of days of training..i was introduced to other employees as my husbands wife..not my name..i didn't even have the right tool for the job until the only Thursday I was there..i worked there for 4 days and when she had the chance to give me my evaluation (1 through 5. 1 being... Read more »

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jul 5, 2018

Generally speaking, Tennessee is an Employment-at-Will State, which means that an employer can terminate you for any reason that they want, so long as it is not illegal. Examples of illegal activity include, but are not limited to, age, race and age discrimination, whistleblowing, being terminated... Read more »

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Q: I recently applied for a job at this company wich denied me because of not having a highschool diploma wich is mandatory

I know of others that work there that dont have diploma i dont think its fair not to hire me and i know others who work there without one that got in.

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Apr 7, 2018

Generally speaking, Tennessee is an Employment-at-Will State. This means that they can refuse to hire you for any reason whatsoever, so long as it is not "illegal." Some examples of illegal activity are race, age or sex discrimination, discrimination for whistleblowing, and many others. If their... Read more »

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Q: Can a employer refuse a person a job because of a felony in state of Tennessee

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Feb 1, 2018

Yes, an employer can refuse to hire a person based on criminal convictions as long as they do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. So if the company policy is not to hire anyone with a felony conviction for X crime, that is fine. If they have hire... Read more »

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Q: In Tennessee can my boss fire me for telling one of my employees that I work with how much I make an hour ?

I told one of my employees that I work with what I make an hour , they ended up telling my boss and I was fired over it . I have read some articles about pay secrecy being illegal and can not fire me over it . Is his true ?

Marjorie A Bristol answered on Jan 26, 2018

It depends on your employer. You should consult an employment lawyer if you feel that you were fired illegally.

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Q: This would have to do with Employment Law dealing with Drug testing after employment, not pre-employment.

My husband was given a drug test today, which he passed. The only thing that showed up was a prescription medication that he has a prescription for from a doctor that does not impair his ability to do the job he was assigned. The company said that he "failed" the drug test because he did not... Read more »

William Head answered on Aug 20, 2017

Two issues are shown here. One, the application for employment. What was on it MAY make a difference.

Second, what was the drug? Drugs relating to mental conditions, for which the safety of others is at risk can be a problem.

To make sure that this was not merely an EXCUSE, contact...
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Q: Can I sue if employment was refused based on my having to register as a sex offender? The case is 26 years old.

The job is not related to the case.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 29, 2017

Contact a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers who handles employment discrimination cases. Short answer is if your state doesn't have a preclusion of arrests or convictions, then it's not an illegal form of discrimination.

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Q: Is it legal for a company to charge a employee for being a smoker and has nothing to do with health insurance

My company is charging everyone that smokes $500 a year and that's besides the extra we pay on our health insurance for being a smoker. Is this legal

Brian Lehman answered on Jan 20, 2017

No unless they offer a wellness program as detailed below. However, I recommend that you not make representations of the law to your employer without an attorney. And once you get an attorney, that person should contact your employer so that an inadvertent mistake isn't made. I'm happy to try to... Read more »

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Q: Is a lawyer needed to give deposition in civil suit against a corporation in Tn? I'm not the defendant or person suing.

Received papers today by plantiff lawyer, to appear for deposition in civil suit against large corporation that I haven't worked for in over 2yrs. From what I can see online about the case, it has something to do with employee discrimination of some sorts. Why would I have to appear, and would I... Read more »

Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Aug 16, 2016

I assume its a subpeona, which is a court order to appear ( which you must obey). Otherwise, testifying is voluntary. The lawyer obviously thinks you have information which is useful for his case. I suggest calling him/her to advise that you no longer work there and just ask him why you are needed... Read more »

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