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DISABILITIES ACT

Most people know that the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employment discrimination based on a disability. But what does this mean really? Does this mean I can never be fired regardless of how disabled I am? No. The ADA says that you must be “qualified” for the job, which means that you must be able to perform the job’s essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation. But here is where things can get sticky. Who determines what is reasonable vis-à-vis an accommodation? And how well must a person be able [...]

May 14th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

DO’S AND DON’TS FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HARASSMENT OR DISCRIMINATION AT WORK

If you’re still employed, there are steps you should consider taking to protect your rights. Alternatively, there are things you should not do even if your employer is treating you illegally: DO’S: Identify the specific acts that you believe are illegal. (Remember, not all types of harassment or discrimination is illegal.) Report the behavior in writing. You should consult the employee handbook to see how and to whom you should report the behavior, but most often you should report it to your immediate supervisor, human resource manager, or other upper manager. [...]

April 3rd, 2017|Categories: employment law, Knoxville labor attorney|

EMPLOYMENT LAW & NON-COMPETE AGREEMENTS

What is a non-compete agreement? Non-compete agreements are documents signed by an employee, whether at the beginning or sometime during the employment with a company, promising not to work in the same competing industry, within a certain location, or work for specific employers for a defined period of time after the current employment ends. For example, if you work State Farm Insurance for many years, and are offered a job at Allstate, your current employee documentation - should it have a non-compete agreement- would hinder you from simply giving your two [...]

March 19th, 2017|Categories: employment law|