I was promoted and told before the promotion that I would be working out of the office I had in Moore County Tennessee. After my promotion I was informed that I had to report to Nashville Tennessee everyday and work my full workday from there because all those in my position worked from their Regional offices, which isn't true. There are others in my position that work from their satellite office. I live 2 hrs. away from Nashville so I had to leave at 4:00 a.m. and not get home till 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. every day and was only compensated for 7.5 hrs. Because it got so bad for my health I also had to rent a room in Smyrna and be away from my family through the week. My satellite office was 15 minutes from my home and I could do all my work from there. I did this for over a year and recently was allowed to move back to a satellite office in the same building I had my satellite office in the first place.
Tennessee is an employment-at-will state which means you can be fired (or have any other action taken against you such changing your work location) for any reason and there is no liability for the employer unless there is an unlawful motive for the action taken against you. There are generally only two forms of unlawful motives: unlawful discrimination or unlawful retaliation. Discrimination in employment is unlawful if it is due to race, color, sex, national origin, religion, disability or age 40 or older. Retaliation in employment is unlawful if you engaged in one of a handful of "legally protected" activities.Otherwise, the employer can treat you as unfairly as it wants.
Kirk J. Angel, licensed in NC and TN, is an experienced attorney who focuses his practice on employment law. Mr. Angel, who has practiced employment law for more than 18 years, represents clients throughout North Carolina, Eastern and Middle Tennessee. This response is for general informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. Additionally, this response does not create an attorney client relationship. If you need legal advice, please contact a lawyer in your state who practices in the appropriate area.
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