Employee Rights

Below you will find links to written information, forms, and also how to ask a lawyer a question and/or how to get a lawyer to represent you. Some areas of the state have more information than others. You may wish to look at information from other areas as well as your own.


Legal Information:


At Will Employment

Employers may legally terminate an employee at any time for any reason, or for no reason without incurring legal liability.  Click on the link above to visit the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development's website to learn about this rule and its exceptions.  


Wages and Breaks

The Wage Regulations Act protects wage earners from unfair practices regarding pay. Follow the link above to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development's website to learn more about breaks and meal periods, fringe benefits, sex discrimination, final paychecks, payday regulations and deductions.



Legal Advice:


Volunteer Lawyers Who Will Answer Questions for Free Online

How it works:  

  1. We'll ask you some questions to see if we can help you. If we can help, you'll make an account.
  2. Ask your non-criminal legal question. 
  3. We will e-mail you when your question receives a response. Come back to the web site and sign in to read the response.



Find Representation:


Directory of Legal Aid Attorneys and Other Agencies by County



Additional Resources:


Paid Leave


Paid Sick Time


Pregnant Workers Fairness


Fair and Flexible Work 


Workplace Equality and Fair Pay 


Breastfeeding While Working


LGBTQ and Chosen Families





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