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Employment Law

Pietrangelo Cook routinely advises clients on critical matters affecting their jobs or their staffs under state and federal employment and labor laws. Our lawyers have successfully navigated employment disputes with federal agencies and also routinely litigate such disputes in state and federal courts.

Both Tennessee and Mississippi are known as “employment-at-will” states, which means that an employer may discipline or terminate any non-contract employee at any time and for any reason, unless that reason derives from some form of prohibited discrimination. Under federal law generally, an employer may not discriminate against any employee on the basis of the employee's race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, or disability.

We have experience litigating all of the state and federal laws regulating discriminatory employment practices, including:

  • Tennessee Human Rights Act (“THRA”)
  • Tennessee Pregnancy Discrimination Act
  • Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”)
  • Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (“OWBPA”)
  • Equal Pay Act (“EPA”)
  • National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”)
  • Tennessee Whistleblower’s Law

Pietrangelo Cook attorneys also routinely counsel clients regarding compensation, benefits and termination under the following laws:

  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (“WARN”)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”)
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”)
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Tennessee Prevailing Wage Act
  • Tennessee Wage Regulation Act