Practice Areas

While there are many other firms within the state of Tennessee that cover workers’ rights, we take pride in being exclusive Tennessee Labor Lawyers. Our attorneys have dedicated most of their lives to studying, researching, and practicing employment discrimination laws. So with us, you get quality experience and a profound commitment to ensuring your voice is heard and your rights are honored.

As Tennessee employment attorneys, we make it a point to serve the needs of individual people. We do not represent companies or large corporations. Collins & Hunter is all about working on behalf of employees who have been wronged. With our four locations in Nashville, Columbia, Franklin, and Murfreesboro, we are well-positioned to help clients all across Tennessee.

There are various forms of workplace harassment and discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, (ADA). Whether it is based on race, color, age, religion, sex, or pregnancy, you have rights, and we are here to help you fight for those rights.

PRIMARY AREAS OF PRACTICE

Discrimination & Harassment

Harassment is any form of conduct that intimidates, frightens, annoys, and/or threatens a person. Discrimination is unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex. Discrimination and harassment can take many forms.

Wrongful Termination

Wrongful termination is when an employer fires an employee under direct violation of federal, state, and/or local laws. If there was a breach of contract on the employers behalf, that also falls under this category.

Sexual Harassment

Any unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. There are two different sexual harassment claim types, and each state varies with their protection laws.

Disability Discrimination

Disability discrimination occurs when an employer or other entity covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Rehabilitation Act treats a qualified individual with a disability who is an employee or applicant unfavorably because the person has a disability.

EEOC Practice & Guidelines

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has strict guidelines in all aspects of the hiring, employment, and firing process. EEOC enforces federal laws that make discrimination against an applicant or employee illegal when it is based on age, sex (pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation), race, color, disability, religion, national origin, and/or genetic information. It is important for you to understand your rights and know when they are being violated. We follow the EEOC practices throughout our entire process.

We regularly work on cases involving EEOC guidelines, including (but not limited to):

Harassment

Harassment is any form of conduct that intimidates, frightens, annoys, and/or threatens a person and causes them to feel unsafe. This can be done in many ways, and below we provide information for each.

Wrongful Termination

Wrongful termination is when an employer fires an employee under direct violation of federal, state, and/or local laws. If there was a breach of contract on the employers behalf, that also falls under this category.

Sexual Harassment

Any unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. There are two different sexual harassment claim types, and each state varies with their protection laws.

Race Discrimination

Treating someone differently because of their race or color. For example, people who have been treated unfairly in the workplace because of their personal characteristics that are associated with their race (hair texture, skin color, facial features). This can happen at any stage, from hiring and promotions to compensation and firing.

Nation of Origin Discrimination

This type of discrimination includes treating applicants or employees differently because of the country they are originally from. When employers treat an employee unfavorably because of their birthplace, ancestry, accent, linguistic characteristics, and culture, they are violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law also prohibits wrongful treatment due to the nation of origin of your spouse, any other person you associate with, and groups that are affiliated with a national origin group.

Age Discrimination

The EEOC created the Age Discrimination in Employment Act to prevent discrimination against applicants and employees who are 40 years of age and above. We have seen many cases where employers tried to be sneaky when overlooking a candidate or treating an employee differently because of their age. It is important for you to know your rights. Discrimination during hiring, promotion, pay, job assignments, benefits, layoff, firing, or any other aspect of the employment process is illegal. Contact us today to learn more.

Retaliation

According to the EEOC, retaliation is the most common issue within employment discrimination, especially in the federal sector. Retaliation is when an employer decides to fire, harass, or demote an employee for filing a complaint of discrimination. The EEOC has specific laws to protect individuals from this type of discrimination.

Pregnancy Discrimination

Discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or any other related medical condition falls under this category. Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, employers are required to give pregnant women the same options that are given to individuals with temporary disabilities, such as light duty, disability leave, or leave without pay.

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from discrimination based on sex within educational programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. The law clearly states “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Any form of discrimination is wrong! If you have experienced any of these violations or others that are not listed here, feel free to call us today. 

We are dedicated to revealing truths, supportive to those who have been wronged, and relentless when fighting on your behalf.

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