Protecting Workers’ Rights In Mississippi And Tennessee
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
- LGBTQ+ community status (including sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination)
- 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.
Retaliation Against Discrimination Reporting Is Illegal
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.
In order to be successful, discrimination and harassment claims must usually be well-documented.
Learn More About Your Rights To A Discrimination-Free Workplace
Our firm offers a free case evaluation after we receive some basic information. Simply fill out our online contact form or call our Memphis office at 901-563-1886 or our Jackson, MS office at 769-207-0599.
*Disclaimer: Results not typical.