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Employer Gets “Cat’s Pawed” for $350,000

By Cary Schwimmer |

On March 28, 2018, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, whose jurisdiction includes Tennessee, upheld a jury’s $350,000 award under Title VII to a Michigan State Police sergeant who claimed she was retaliated against for making internal sexual harassment complaints.  The sergeant, who had made two sexual harassment complaints against her supervisor (both… Read More »

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U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds $92,000 Jury Verdict for Tennessee Employee Not Allowed to Temporarily Telecommute

By Cary Schwimmer |

On February 21, 2018, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a Memphis jury’s $92,000 award under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to a Memphis Light, Gas & Water in-house lawyer whose request to work from home for ten weeks while on bedrest due to pregnancy complications was denied.  In the decision,… Read More »

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Employee Wins Compensation for Suffering Emotional Distress on the Job

By Cary Schwimmer |

When you imagine an on-the-job injury that could leave one of your workers permanently and totally disabled under Tennessee law, you probably think of injuries such as a major fall, an industrial accident, or a serious motor vehicle accident occurring while the worker was on the clock. You’d probably never include an on-the-job mental… Read More »

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Tennessee Man who Refused to Stand During National Anthem Is Fired

By Cary Schwimmer |

The recent news story of professional athletes refusing to stand during the national anthem has stirred controversy across the US. The trend of sitting during the national anthem as a form of protest has spread to those who are not professional athletes, even reaching Tennessee. Recently, a Chattanooga man who chose not to stand… Read More »

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Obama Administration Change to Overtime Rules Exceeded Authority, Says Judge

By Cary Schwimmer |

A Texas federal court judge has struck down a change to federal overtime rules introduced by the Obama administration. The Trump administration has abandoned an attempt to defend the rule, and is now considering possible alternatives to the Obama administration rule. Rule on hold since November The Obama Department of Labor introduced the now-rejected… Read More »

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Recent EEOC Lawsuit Shows Danger of Requiring Employees with Disabilities to Provide Full Medical Releases

By Cary Schwimmer |

The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) affects all Tennessee businesses with 15 or more employees, requiring them to make “reasonable accommodations” for employees with a known disability. Determining when an employee’s requested accommodation or need for extended leave is reasonable, or when it would pose an unfair burden on the business, is one… Read More »

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Tennessee’s Small Businesses Have Highest Hiring Rate in Country

By Cary Schwimmer |

According to a recent report, the small businesses in Tennessee are hiring at a higher rate than those in any other state. If you’re a small business owner, there are many important facts to know before you hire your first employee. Learn more about hiring as a small business in Tennessee below, and contact… Read More »

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