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Ginette Garza Brown counsels clients in all aspects of employment and labor relations law, helping employers remain compliant with the constantly changing regulations that impact the workplace. She has experience litigating cases and counseling clients regarding federal and state employment laws, securities law violations, contract disputes, workplace immigration, and compliance issues. Ginette frequently works with companies on issues regarding employee discipline, wrongful termination, discrimination, defamation, harassment, breach of contract, and other matters. She also advises companies on matters pertaining to employee handbooks and policies, severance agreements, non-compete agreements, and other workplace agreements. Ginette enjoys working with clients to find cost-effective solutions to every day problems, and, when necessary, managing complex litigation and discovery processes with a client-centered approach.

Join us for a virtual seminar in which Bass, Berry & Sims labor & employment attorneys will address a broad range of recent employment law developments and anticipated issues significant to employers and provide practical guidance for understanding the associated impacts and legal challenges.

Topics covered during the webinar will include:

  • Return to work update

Can an employer be held liable for sexual misconduct at a private party that takes place after an employer-sponsored holiday party?  A recent Tennessee Court of Appeals case appears to say “yes” and thereby presents a new concern for employers considering employer-sponsored events.

In Phelps v. State, an employee sued her employer, the State of Tennessee, for sexual harassment and retaliation claims under the Tennessee Human Rights Act (THRA).  The instances of alleged sexual harassment included serious sexual misconduct (including a sexual assault) at an after-party following a State-sponsored Halloween party.  The court ruled that the State could be liable for these “after-party” events, even though they took place after hours and away from the place of employment.


Continue Reading Halloween Party Turns Scary for State in New Court Decision: Appellate Court Says Employer May Be Held Liable for Off-Duty, Off-Premises Sexual Harassment Claims

In an article published by the Nashville Business Journal, we urge employers to get ready for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s data reporting. Although facing criticism, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is moving forward with its pay data collection, and with the reporting deadline set for September 30, employers should prepare now.

Employers with more than 100 employees and any federal contractors with more with 50 employees are required to submit an EEO-1 survey, which has historically analyzed organizations’ employment data categorized by sex, race and ethnicity. Under the new reporting requirements, employers and federal contractors with more than 100 employees will also report compensation data.

Continue Reading What Employers Need to Know about EEOC’s Pay Data Collection Plan