Employment & Labor Law

Employment and labor law in the 21st Century requires knowledge of a number of complex statutes, conflicting court decisions, and fluctuating agency regulations. Seemingly subtle differences can result in an employer obtaining dismissal of a lawsuit on summary judgment or in having to defend an employment decision to a jury. At Kramer Rayson LLP, our attorneys have the judgment and experience to advise employers when an employment issue arises or an employee complains. They also know the importance of being proactive so we safeguard our client's interests and help the client foster a fair and compliant workplace environment. With decades of experience and a commitment to excellence, Kramer Rayson attorneys are ready to provide comprehensive guidance and strategic representation across almost every spectrum of employment-related matters. From crafting effective policies to litigating disputes, we are dedicated to helping businesses confidently navigate employment law subtleties.

Today’s businesses must comply with a host of federal, state, and local statutes governing the employer-employee relationship. At Kramer Rayson LLP, we have been presenting Tennessee employers since 1948. Our services range from providing general counsel to litigating employment disputes. Over the past seven decades, Kramer Rayson attorneys have represented and advised employers, unions and employees on a number of statutory and common law claims, including those involving:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Discrimination due to race, gender, age, or other factors
  • Hostile Work Environment
  • Whistleblower Retaliation and Wrongful Discharge
  • Defamation (libel and slander)
  • Breach of Contract
  • Employee Benefit Plans
  • Outrageous Conduct/Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
  • Invasion of Privacy
  • Enforcement of Confidentiality and Noncompete Covenants
  • Labor Relations and Unions
  • Occupational Safety
  • Prevailing Wage Laws (Davis Bacon and Service Contract Act.

Our Attorneys

Our experienced employment law attorneys include

  • Edward G. Philips
  • Thomas M. Hale
  • John C. Burgin Jr.
  • John E. Winters
  • Robert L. Bowman
  • Steven E. Kramer
  • Shannon Coleman Egle
  • Betsy J. Beck
  • William J. Carver
  • George A. Arrants
  • Brandon L. Morrow
  • Bryce E. Fitzgerald
  • Andrew M. Hale
  • James T. Snodgrass
  • Katherine R. Overton

A History of Precedent-Setting Employment Law Cases

Our employment law practice dates back to our firm’s founding when Russell Kramer (and later Ed Rayson) represented Atomic Energy Commission contractors in Oak Ridge who were involved in the Manhattan Project. Mr. Kramer successfully persuaded the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and later the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, that the atomic bomb was “sui generis” and therefore outside the interstate commerce provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. (Young v. Kellex Corp., 82 F. Supp. 953 (E.D. Tenn. 1948); Selby v. J. A. Jones Constr. Co., 175 F.2d 143 (6th Cir. 1949)). Shortly afterward, Mr. Rayson persuaded the National Labor Relations Board that the Oak Ridge Hospital was not subject to the National Labor Relations Act, which was another precedent-setting decision.

Statutory and Regulatory Compliance

Since then, our firm has represented and advised clients on claims arising under numerous statutes, including but not limited to:

  • National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Equal Pay Act
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Civil Rights Acts of 1870 and 1871
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Energy Reorganization Act (ERA)
  • False Claims Act
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)
  • Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
  • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
  • Tennessee Human Rights Act
  • Tennessee Disability Act
  • Tennessee Public Protection Act

Providing Best Practices for Tennessee Employers

Our lawyers have prepared “best practices” that employers may consult and measure against their own employment practices. These best practices are designed to help minimize the risk of having an employment lawsuit filed or, if one is filed, to maximize the employer’s chances of prevailing.

Hiring and Compensation

  • Hiring Employees
  • Compensating Employees
  • Compensating Tipped Employees
  • Immigration and I-9 Compliance

Effective Policies

  • Employee Handbooks
  • Managing Employee Information
  • Employee Technology Use
  • Reductions in Force

Employee Benefits and Time Off

  • Avoiding ERISA Pitfalls
  • Employee Absences and Medical Leave

Harassment and Discrimination

  • Defending Claims of Harassment and Discrimination

Schedule a Consultation

For more information about our employment law services, call our offices in Knoxville or Oak Ridge at 865-525-5134 or contact our firm online. We regularly serve clients throughout the state and beyond.


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