Protecting the Rights of Workers

Memphis Employment Law Attorney

James Becker's law practice is devoted to helping workers assert their rights and hold employers accountable for violations of civil rights and workplace regulations. He has achieved favorable results in hundreds of cases on behalf of employees in the Memphis area, Shelby County and throughout West Tennessee.

Contact Becker Law Offices at 901.881.8716 to arrange an initial consultation. Mr. Becker will sit down with you to discuss the facts of your situation and your legal recourses, including a lawsuit for damages. He represents employees in all facets of employment law:

  • Job Discrimination — Unfair treatment in hiring, pay, assignments, promotions, discipline or firing on the basis of age, race, sex, disability, national origin or religion
  • Sexual Harassment — Unwelcome advances, offensive language or behavior, or gender bias creating a hostile work environment
  • Employer Retaliation — Mistreatment of workers for reporting illegal activity, refusing to violate laws, taking leave or filing claims against the company
  • Employment Agreements
  • Family and Medical Leave
  • Wage and Hour — Failure to pay overtime, misclassifying employees
  • Employment Defamation — Bad-mouthing by an ex-employer that affects your ability to get a new job
  • Breastfeeding Rights — Failure to allow nursing mothers reasonable breaks and a place to express milk for their newborns

Noncompete Agreements | Confidentiality Agreements

Mr. Becker represents employees (often in sales or technical fields such as computers or engineering) in litigation over non-compete and other restrictive covenants such as trade secret restrictions designed to prevent competitors from stealing key employees with access to trade secrets. He is adept at finding grounds to "break" employment agreements or recover damages for clients:

  • Unreasonable restrictions — Does the agreement make it impossible for the ex-employee to find employment in a related field? Is the time period too lengthy or the geographic restriction excessively broad? Is what the former employer is trying to protect not something that is protectable?
  • Inadequate consideration — In one case, Mr. Becker showed that his client received nothing in return for signing a non-compete as a condition of employment. The agreement was thrown out by the judge.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

This federal legislation allows workers to take up to 12 weeks (not necessarily continuous) of unpaid leave to care for a newborn or adopted child, to recuperate from a personal health condition, or to take care of a seriously ill child or family member. James Becker has won damages for clients in many Family and Medical Leave Act violations, which usually fall into two scenarios:

  • The employer refuses to grant the leave (under threat of termination)
  • The employer refuses to allow an employee back (especially if the worker's health condition requires any accommodation)

In an initial consultation, Mr. Becker can determine if you have a viable case for monetary damages and other remedies against an employer.

Employers: James Becker is committed to educating both employees and employers about workers' rights. He is available to advise Tennessee businesses on compliance issues or help develop employee handbooks and policies to prevent workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation.
Becker Law Firm • 5100 Poplar Ave Ste 2606 • Memphis, TN 38137 • Phone: 901.881.6205
Becker Law Office of Memphis, Tennessee represents clients in the Metro Area and West Tennessee, including Cordova, Germantown, Collierville, Lakeland, Millington, Somerville, Covington, Paris, Nashville, Savannah, Jackson, Union City, Dyersburg, McKenzie and all communities of Shelby County, Fayette County and Tipton County.
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