Protecting Workers’ Rights in Mississippi and Tennessee
You have the skills, knowledge and work ethic to do well at your job. Those are the factors your employer should consider when making important decisions. You should not be judged by your gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy or other arbitrary qualities. Unfortunately, workplace discrimination is still very common in businesses throughout West Tennessee and Northern Mississippi.
Johnson & Bennett is a respected employment law firm that protects the rights of workers from discrimination. Our attorneys regularly appear at administrative hearings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Tennessee Human Rights Commission. We have a track record of winning six and seven figure awards for our clients in discrimination cases, including a $1.7 million verdict in Mississippi*. One of our partners, Attorney Bennett, was formerly the Legal Director at the ACLU of Mississippi, where she took on landmark discrimination cases.
We understand the heartbreak, anger and frustration discrimination inspires and we empower you to take control through the legal process. Depending upon your claim, we may pursue job reinstatement, back-wages and monetary damages. Whatever the facts of your case, we fight for the equality you are entitled to.
What is Discrimination?
Discrimination occurs when an employer makes an adverse decision based upon your membership in a protected class. Your employer is prohibited from discriminating against you in such matters as recruitment, hiring, wages, benefits, training, promotion, firing and work shifts.
Federally protected classes are based on:
- Genetic information
- National origin
The Tennessee Human Rights Act provides additional protections that extend beyond federal regulations.
Understanding Reasonable Accommodations
Unless it can show undue burden, your employer must make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities, pregnant women and religions practitioners.
For example, your employer might alter your workstation, adjust your work shift or schedule meetings in a wheelchair accessible location to accommodate your disability. Likewise, your employer might put you on light duty if you are pregnant and your job would otherwise require you to lift heavy objects. Accommodation of religious practices might include allowing you to wear a headscarf or a beard and to take reasonable leave on religious holidays.
Bar Against Retaliation
You have the right to demand a discrimination-free workplace. Yet, employers sometimes use intimidation tactics or attempt to discharge a worker who complains about unfair employment practices – an illegal practice. The law contains anti-retaliation provisions to protect the rights of whistleblowers who report discrimination, participate in an EEOC investigation or take legal action.
Learn More About Your Rights to a Discrimination-Free Workplace
Schedule a free case evaluation through our staff to learn more about your rights and options against your employer. We represent most clients on contingency, meaning you pay no attorneys’ fees until we recover monetary damages. Some claims involve recovery of equitable or non-monetary relief, such as reinstatement, a promotion, or similar type of recovery. These claims are handled on a hourly basis.