Most employment in the State of Tennessee is considered “at will”. “At Will” employment means that your employer can fire you for any reason or no reason at all, so long as the reason is not illegal. A termination may be wrongful if it is based on improper motives. Such wrongful motives might include filing a worker’s compensation claim, obeying a lawful subpoena or being a whistleblower. Under Tennessee law, an employee may be considered a whistleblower if they reveal information that is of a public concern that is adverse to the employer.
Certain damages may be available if you have been wrongfully terminated. Those damages may include:
- Past and future compensation;
- Lost life insurance, health insurance, car insurance, and long-and short-term disability benefits;
- Lost pension benefits;
- Lost profit sharing benefits;
- Expenses involved in seeking other suitable employment; and
- Attorney fees and costs.
While the circumstances that would constitute wrongful termination are fairly limited in Tennessee, if you believe you have been wrongfully terminated, please contact us at Batson Nolan. We are ready to provide a free consultation regarding your potential rights in the event you have been wrongfully terminated.