In Tennessee, an employer has the right to terminate an employee for any reason, at any time. However, not all firings are legal. If you believe that your termination was motivated by discrimination, retaliation, or another wrongful reason, you may be eligible for a claim against your former employer.
In these situations, you need a Tennessee wrongful termination lawyer on your side. The Law Offices of Christopher Eads represents Mount Juliet employees in their wrongful death claims. Our attorney can help you hold your former employer accountable and secure the settlement you deserve.
In Tennessee, most employees qualify as at-will employees. Employers have the right to fire at-will employees for almost any reason, or no reason at all. However, most employers are prohibited from terminating any employee, including at-will employees, based on certain protected characteristics.
Under federal law, the protected characteristics include the following.
In Tennessee, it is also illegal to discriminate against an employee based on race, sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, use of a guide dog, and age. Employers with at least eight employees must comply with these laws.
Employers are also prohibited from retaliating against an employee who engages in a protected activity, such as reporting the company to a regulatory agency or filing a sexual harassment claim.
Wrongful termination may also involve breach of contract. If an employee has a job security provision in his or her contract and gets fired before the contract expires, he or she could file a claim against his or her employer.
If you believe that your termination involved discrimination, breach of contract, or retaliation, you may be eligible for a claim against your employer. In most cases, you can file a wrongful termination lawsuit against your employer and collect compensation for your damages, such as back pay, lost benefits, and emotional distress.
If your claim involves discrimination or retaliation, you will first need to file a complaint with the Tennessee Human Rights Commission before a lawsuit. In some cases, you will need to file a separate claim with the federal agency, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
At The Law Offices of Christopher Eads, PLLC, our Mount Juliet wrongful termination attorney can support you throughout your claim, from filing the initial complaint to representing you in the courtroom. We can evaluate your case and help you determine whether you qualify for wrongful termination litigation.
If you believe that your termination was wrongful, The Law Offices of Christopher Eads, PLLC can help. Our firm can represent your claim and hold your former employer accountable for their actions. Contact us today to discuss your next steps with a Mount Juliet wrongful termination lawyer.