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March 24, 2017 - Posts

Job Titles Alone Do Not Make Computer Employees Exempt From Overtime Pay

In an ongoing effort to evade the protections provided to employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), including the right to receive overtime pay, employers routinely assign computer employees with specific job titles to justify making them exempt under the FLSA.  The problem for employers is that job titles alone do not make computer employees exempt.

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March 22, 2017 - Posts

Barrett Johnston Settles Retaliation Case on Behalf of Whistleblower for $225,000

Barrett Johnston Martin & Garrison, LLC is proud to confirm the recently reported $225,000 settlement on behalf of its client, a former Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office employee.  The federal lawsuit was filed earlier this month and then promptly settled.

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March 17, 2017 - Posts

Employees Are Often Misclassified, Incorrectly Denied Overtime Pay

In recent years, companies are aggressively working to cut costs, and employees are far too often the ones who feel the squeeze.  Many employees are routinely and intentionally denied overtime pay as a result of being misclassified by their employer, which violates the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).

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March 15, 2017 - Posts

SEC Makes Protecting Whistleblowers a Priority by Fining Firms for Adopting Retaliatory Measures Aimed at Curbing Whistleblowing

In an ongoing effort to protect whistleblowers who report violations of the securities laws and regulations, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) continues to sanction employers who interfere with the rights of its employees to obtain whistleblowers awards.

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March 10, 2017 - Posts

Are You A "Salaried" Worker Whose Pay is Docked? You May Be Owed Overtime Pay

Many employees in management, administrative, and professional positions may be paid a salary without overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). However, employers frequently violate the FLSA by improperly docking the pay of these “salaried” employees.

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March 3, 2017 - Posts

Terminated Because You Took Medical Leave? Time To Act

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) entitles most Americans to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid medical leave per year. Employers who violate the FMLA typically commit one of the following three violations:

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March 1, 2017 - News

In March 2017, Our Firm Sued the Memphis Police Department for Violating Fast Food Workers' First Amendment Rights to Seek a Living Wage

On several occasions, members of the Mid-South Organizing Committee have been targeted by the Memphis Police Department as a result of their efforts in organizing the Fight for $15 initiative in Memphis, Memph15.

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February 27, 2017 - News

Jerry Martin Op-ed Piece on New DNC Chair Tom Perez featured in Knoxville News Sentinel

Our partner, Jerry Martin, penned an op-ed in the Knoxville News Sentinel supporting Tom Perez for DNC chair and then a few hours later Perez was elected. Coincidence? Most certainly – but still a compelling read.

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