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Employment law does not allow age discrimination

A person in Tennessee who has been performing a job successfully should not have to stop performing that job just because of his or her age. Age discrimination is illegal in the United States, and so is a violation of employment law. Age discrimination is also a violation of the Tennessee Human Rights Act.

A complaint has been filed against the Volkswagen Assembly Plant in Chattanooga. According to the complaint, the company made an announcement in June of 2017 that they were going to make some management changes. These changes included offering early retirement packages to people born between 1955 and 1960. The reason given for the change was that it would allow Volkswagen to become "slimmer, leaner and younger."

Age discrimination is a violation of employment law

Equal opportunity employment should mean just what it sounds like in Tennessee. If a person is qualified and physically able to do a job, the individual should have the opportunity to demonstrate that he or she can do the job. However, in a case recently brought against a fast food chain, it appears that age may be being used as a disqualifier, which is in violation of employment law.

The parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr. has been given until July 16 to respond to allegations that the new CEO dismissed management level employees because of their ages. The age of most management personnel was over 50, and he apparently wanted to change that. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 makes it illegal to discriminate against individuals in the workplace based on age.

Incidents like this one often lead to wrongful death litigation

Tennessee highways are dangerous places. A person can be riding along as a passenger and suddenly wind up in a life-threatening situation, especially if there's a reckless driver nearby. Sometimes, the reckless driver might be in the very same vehicle. Sadly, that was the case in a recent tragedy that occurred in a similar way to wrongful death situations that have happened in the past.  

It's more common than not that police do not know all the details upfront following a serious motor vehicle collision. What they do know about the recent crash is that the driver was 18 years of age. He had reportedly been involved in another crash moments before he slammed head-on into a pole on the side of the road.  

Lack of access to 911 results in wrongful death case

The sudden and violent death of a parent is a horrific experience for any child to witness in Tennessee. When the child attempts to seek help and is unable to get it, the further damage done to the child could be devastating. These are some of the details in a recent wrongful death case.

A woman was a guest, with her children, at a hotel. The woman's estranged husband found her at the hotel and stabbed her multiple times. The couple's oldest daughter, who was then 9, attempted three times to dial 911. She was unable to reach 911 as she was not aware that she needed to first dial 9 to get an outside line. She then tried to flag down one of the hotel employees, but none of them spoke English and they did not alert the hotel manager to the situation.

Harassment makes for an intolerable work environment

If you have just begun a new job, you probably wake up in the morning excited about going to work. At least, that is the way it should be. However, if you are experiencing harassment that is coming from your associates or from management, you may find the work environment intolerable. Fortunately, you have options for dealing with the situation.

How the EEOC sees harassment

Former communications director argues wrongful termination

Most people in Tennessee report to work each day, dedicated to performing their job responsibilities to the best of their ability. Unfortunately, there are certain situations in the workplace that could prevent them or make them feel uncomfortable while doing so, prompting them to take action. However, a woman in another state claims that her attempts to do just that resulted in her wrongful termination.

The woman, the former communications director for a police department, announced her intentions to file a lawsuit. In addition to the wrongful termination allegations, she claims she was a victim of abuse of power and retaliation. The claims are regarding alleged interactions with the former deputy police commissioner.

Risk of death during car accidents higher for motorcyclists

Many Tennessee drivers may be among those who enjoy a motorcycle ride. Whether they are a driver or a passenger, motorcycle enthusiasts agree that not many things can compare to the thrill of the open road. While this may certainly be the case, motorcycle drivers and passengers are at higher risk of suffering serious injuries during car accidents

While motorcycle operators are certainly aware that caution and obedience to traffic laws can go a long way to help prevent car accidents, passengers are not in control, and often at the mercy of other drivers on the road. Especially on a motorcycle, when riders are virtually unprotected and exposed, car accidents can turn deadly in the blink of an eye. Recently, a 32-year-old woman riding on the back of a motorcycle lost her life in a tragic crash. 

Crowded highways lead to increased risk of truck accidents.

Tennessee residents are likely thrilled that warmer weather has finally begun to creep across the south. After a winter that many felt would never end, people are excited to be out and about, enjoying the sunshine. Residents and visitors alike are preparing to take to the roads in search of adventure, and for many, summer vacation has officially begun. Unfortunately, as travel season heats up, there is an increased risk for serious truck accidents.

Each year, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts take to the roads to begin a pilgrimage across the nation, touring the highways of multiple states to reach their end destination of Washington, D.C. In late May, 2018, the convoy was making it's way up I-81 in Tennessee. One of the motorcycles somehow collided with an 18-wheeler truck and was subsequently caught underneath the large vehicle. 

Juvenile killed in motor vehicle accident in Tennessee

Although it becomes, at times, second nature, drivers are constantly assessing their situations and making decisions that allow them to respond appropriately. Distractions in the vehicle that cause a driver to overlook the need to make an adjustment often have serious consequences. In fact, police in Tennessee say that a 16-year-old female recently lost her life in a motor vehicle accident.

The victim is said to have been riding in the bed of a pickup truck one afternoon on a day in May. An adult and another juvenile are believed to have been riding with her. A 22-year-old male was reportedly driving the truck with two juvenile passengers in the cab with him. Police say that the driver failed to stop at a red light.

Warm weather and more motorcycles equals rise in accidents

With warmer weather, Tennessee motorists are beginning to see more motorcyclists out and about—at least they should see them.

Unfortunately, while drivers are accustomed to sharing the road with other cars and trucks, they may not see smaller objects, and when a car-motorcycle crash occurs, the vulnerable rider often suffers the most serious injuries.

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