Scott Tift primarily represents people in civil rights litigation and represents employees in disputes with their employers. Scott also represents labor unions on all types of union matters.
Civil Rights: Mr. Tift regularly represents individuals whose civil rights have been violated by their employers or by government actors. In recent years, Mr. Tift successfully represented government employees who were illegally fired because of their political beliefs; and Mr. Tift successfully represented children and their parents in a Freedom-of-Religion lawsuit against a local public school system.
Illegal Pay Practices: Mr. Tift has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of employees whose employers have violated state and federal wage laws. Such cases include cases for employees who have been forced to work off-the-clock, without pay, and cases where employers have incorrectly designated employees as “managers” to avoid paying them overtime wages.
Wrongful Termination: Mr. Tift frequently represents employees who have been wrongfully terminated, including employees who have been fired for taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and including employees who have been fired because of their religion, ethnicity, race, or gender.
Employment Contracts: Mr. Tift regularly advises employees concerning non-compete clauses, severance agreements, and other issues related to employment contracts, both before a job begins and when a job is ending.
Whistleblowers: Mr. Tift has represented numerous whistleblowers who (1) need assistance revealing their employer’s fraud to the government (such as Medicare fraud); or (2) who have been fired or disciplined because they tried to report illegal activities.
Prior to practicing law, Mr. Tift worked on President Bill Clinton’s scheduling and advance staff, where he assisted in the coordination of Mr. Clinton’s schedule and staffed Mr. Clinton at events around the country and abroad.
Vanderbilt Law School, J.D., Order of the Coif, 2008
Columbia University, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, 2003
Super Lawyers, Tennessee, 2016-2022
Legal Aid Society of Middle TN & the Cumberlands, Equal Justice Campaign, Small Firms Co-Chair, 2022
Conexion Americas, Past President, Board of Directors
AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance
National Employment Lawyers Association
American Constitution Society, Nashville Chapter, Former Chair of Board of Directors
Harry Phillips Chapter of American Inn of Court
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