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Employment Litigation

The attorneys of Holifield Janich Rachal Ferrera, PLLC (“HJRF”) have experience in all areas of employment litigation.  We represent clients in claims brought under Title VII and the Tennessee Human Rights Act, as well as sexual harassment and wrongful termination claims, federal and state employment discrimination claims, breach of employment contracts and non-compete covenants actions. Our firm works successfully with many clients in defending such claims in both state and federal courts, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Tennessee Human Rights Commission.

Our experience extends to include drafting position statements; handling negotiations and mediations; conducting employee interviews and whistleblower investigations; and representing employers in unemployment compensation hearings, Department of Labor compensation audits and congressional inquiry responses.  HJRF also assists clients with the U.S. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program through compensation audits and compliance issues and helps form effective implementation strategies for consent decrees.

 REPRESENTATIVE CASES:

Jackie W. Cross v. Day & Zimmerman NPS, Inc., Circuit Court of Anderson County, Tennessee; Case No. A3LA0301 (successfully negotiated settlement of age discrimination case for de minimus amount).

Carl “Two Feathers” Whitaker v. The Dollywood Company, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee; Case No. 3:08-CV-00071 (successfully defended Title VII discrimination suit against The Dollywood Company).

Kenneth Mitcham, DDS v. Great West Life & Annuity Insurance Company, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee; Case No. 3:03-CV-0107 (obtained summary judgment regarding plaintiff’s disability claims).

David S. Pittington v. Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud, Inc., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee; Case No. 3:14-CV-397 (successfully defended plaintiff’s retaliation and disability claims at trial).

Pamela J. Pittington v. Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud, Inc., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee; Case No. 3:14-CV-466 (obtained summary judgment on plaintiff’s sexual harassment and retaliatory discharge claims).