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Employment law still relevant in combatting discrimination

In the year 2019 one might think that women have earned the right to be treated equally in the workplace. Indeed, employment law since the 1960s has stipulated that it is illegal to discriminate against employees because of their race, religion, sex or nationality. As long as a person has the capacity to perform a job, employment law is intended to protect one from discrimination in Tennessee and around the country.

In a recent case in La Vergne, a mayor has been accused of retaliation against an employee who claimed that she was discriminated against because of her sex. She claimed this affected how she was treated and her compensation. She stated in her complaint that she and other women who worked for the city were being underpaid and also were not being compensated for overtime.

The woman put all of this into a document that she then presented to the city. After submission of the report, she was placed on administrative leave pending a meeting with the city's lawyer. She was told she would be able to return to work following a meeting with the attorney but that did not happen.

Discrimination laws exist to protect employees from unfair treatment at the hands of their employers. A person in Tennessee who feels he or she has been unfairly treated by an employer should consult with an attorney experienced in dealing with cases involving employment law. A lawyer can review the facts of the case and advise the client as to what legal options may be available.

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