Racquel B. Martin


With a passion for problem solving, conflict resolution and employment law, Racquel Martin joined the firm as a member of the Labor and Employment Practice Group. She developed her litigation skills as an intern with both private law firms and the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Tennessee. As an associate, Racquel represents public and private employers in employment-related litigation involving discrimination and retaliation, harassment, hostile work environment, wage and hour, FMLA, and non-compete issues. She also collaborates with employers to draft, review, modify, and implement employment policies, employee handbooks, and a variety of employment agreements.

Racquel has aided clients in conducting workplace investigations and identifying strategies and tools to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local employment statutes such as the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Tennessee Human Rights Act, the Tennessee Public Protection Act, and the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Act. Racquel routinely advises employers regarding new developments in employment law through individual counseling, educational presentations, and firm publications.

Racquel received her J.D. (summa cum laude) from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she served as president of the National Black Law Students Association, a defense attorney on the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Team, and project supervisor for Street Law, a pro bono program aimed at educating youth about law, democracy, and civil and human rights. During law school, Racquel also worked as a law fellow for the Academic Success Program, legal research assistant, and student attorney with the Education Law Practicum. Prior to law school, Racquel graduated from Vanderbilt University with a major in Public Policy and a minor in Spanish.

Notable Matters
  • Awarded summary judgment in full in disability discrimination (failure to accommodate) and workers’ compensation retaliation case involving an assembly line worker previously employed by a personnel supplier client to the automotive industry (M.D. Tenn. 2019).
  • Obtained dismissal of sex discrimination and retaliation case alleging violations of Title VII and the Kentucky Civil Rights Act by federal government contractor with employees abroad (W.D. Ky. 2019).
  • Obtained dismissal of case alleging defamation, sex/gender discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, hostile work environment and negligent hiring and/or retention in District Court of Dallas County, Texas (2019).
  • Obtained no-cause determination from EEOC on behalf of global insurance provider regarding charges of race and disability discrimination and retaliation.
  • Awarded summary judgment in full in FLSA collective action and retaliation case involving three dozen paramedics and EMTs on behalf of hospital and ambulance service (W.D. Tenn. 2018).