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Chattanooga Employment Lawyers

attorneys Chris Hall & Andrew LamprosIf you have suffered illegal treatment at the hands of your employer, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The Chattanooga employment attorneys at Hall & Lampros, LLP help employees take on businesses that have broken the law. Our lawyers have over six decades of trial experience combined and the toughness that you need to fight back.

There are numerous federal and Tennessee laws that prohibit certain types of conduct and employment practices. These laws give you the right of action to file a claim against your employer. Whether you have been a victim of discrimination, or your employer has underpaid you, we can stand up for you. 

You can only be compensated for the harm that you have suffered when you take legal action. Call the attorneys at Hall & Lampros today to begin the process of fighting back. Talk to our tough lawyers, and you will learn exactly how the law may protect you. To speak with an employment attorney serving Chattanooga, you can message us online or call us today at 423-393-3200

Your Company Can Be Held Accountable When They Break the Law

Employment law cases are some of the most difficult types of litigation. Your employer is devoted to protecting themselves at all costs. They think nothing of doing something illegal and then blame you for the situation. Federal and state law give you a vehicle to fight back. However, you would not get anything without waging a tough battle for your own rights. 

Your employer does not have the right to take advantage of you or subject you to illegal treatment on the job. There is a fine line that separates a bad boss and a challenging work environment from one that is blatantly illegal. 

Discrimination on the Job Is Illegal

One of the most common types of employment law cases is discrimination and retaliation. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of:

  • Race 
  • Color 
  • Religion 
  • Sex 
  • National origin 
  • Disability 
  • Age

Civil rights protection applies to both job applicants and existing employees. Discrimination can manifest itself in:

  • Hiring 
  • Promotion
  • Wrongful termination
  • Performance reviews
  • Treatment on the job

In addition, employees could also be subject to harassment on the job. Harassment can take the form of direct comments and actions or a hostile work environment.

Contact Hall & Lampros, LLP now at 404-876-8100 to schedule a complimentary consultation with our firm.

Lawsuits for Harassment and Retaliation

You can also file a lawsuit for sexual or racial harassment. First, you need to document the treatment that you have received, saving all evidence that can be used to prove your case. Then, there is a procedure that you have to follow that includes first going to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Your employer could go into self-protection mode when they are accused of harassment or discrimination.

One of the first illegal ways that an employer may try to cover their own tracks is by retaliating against you. They could terminate you, downgrade your performance evaluation, or deny you some other work benefit. Retaliation is forbidden by the same law that makes the underlying conduct illegal. You can file a lawsuit against your employer.

Overtime Violations

Federal law requires that most employers pay most employees overtime compensation at 1 ½ times the regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours in the workweek.  There are exceptions to the rule, but if your employer has a successful business employing more than one person, he likely is covered under the federal overtime laws in the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  If you work in a non-management office position or in a manual labor position, your employer most likely is required to pay you overtime for work in excess of 40 hours in a week. Hall & Lampros attorneys have represented hundreds of Tennessee workers relating to overtime and minimum wage violations. 

Restaurant Wage Claims

Federal law protects most restaurant workers by (1) requiring them to be paid overtime for all hours in excess of 40 hours per week; (2) prohibiting restaurant employers from requiring servers and bartenders to perform excessive sidework while earning a tip credit wage; and (3) prohibiting employers from keeping employee tips or operating illegal tip pools. Hall & Lampros attorneys have represented hundreds of Tennessee restaurant employees for restaurant wage violations.

They cannot take tips from servers, nor can they require excessive side work at tip credit wages.

Wage and overtime violations can become class action lawsuits, or you can sue individually. These cases often lead to settlements where the employer pays you what they should have in the first place. 

There are other times when you may need an attorney. Your employer could be trying to terminate you, and you need to negotiate a severance package. You could be forced to sue to get out of a non-compete agreement, or you have been sued because your employer claims that you have violated one.

Damages in an Employment Law Case

When your employer has broken the law, your livelihood and career may be at stake. If you can prove your case, you could be entitled to substantial financial compensation that includes:

  • Lost wages
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost employee benefits
  • Attorney’s fees
  • Punitive damages

Employment law cases are all about the evidence. If you present a strong case, the employer may be more motivated to settle with you. 

Get Legal Help from a Chattanooga Employment Attorney Today

Your rights as an employee are protected by law, and they are personal to us. Contact the attorneys at Hall & Lampros to discuss your case in a free initial consultation. Let us fight for you and help you get a measure of justice for what your employer did. To speak with a Chattanooga employment law attorney, you can message us online or call us today at 423-393-3200