John Rodgers represents public and private employers in employment-related litigation and assists them with employment policies, employee handbooks, workplace investigations, disciplinary actions, and terminations. He actively litigates employment disputes on behalf of employers and has handled discrimination and retaliation, wage and hour, FMLA, and non-compete cases in both state and federal court. He also devotes substantial attention to ERISA litigation and representing individuals and businesses in conservatorship matters. 

Notable Matters
  • Obtained summary judgment in FLSA collective action case (2018 WL 3318961 (W.D. Tenn. July 5, 2018)): In an FLSA collective action case brought by about three dozen plaintiffs in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, the court granted client’s motion for summary Judgment in full. The collective’s claims were brought on behalf of a group of paramedics and EMTs who claimed to be owed minimum wage and overtime payments under the FLSA for a three-year period. The primary issue was whether paramedics scheduled for 24-hour shifts with an eight-hour designated sleep time period should have been compensated for the full 24 hours at their regular rate, plus overtime if applicable. Successfully argued that even assuming all 24 hours constituted compensable work time, plaintiffs had already been paid the minimum wage for all hours worked. Also successfully argued that plaintiffs’ overtime claims were foreclosed under the FLSA because it was undisputed that plaintiffs were properly paid for all hours they reported as having worked. An FLSA retaliation claim by the named plaintiff was also defeated at summary judgment.
  • Obtained defense verdict in FMLA case (Puckett v. Yates Services, LLC, United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, No. 3:15-cv-83): In an FMLA interference and retaliation case, participated in jury trial that resulted in a complete defense verdict for personnel supplier client to automotive industry.
  • Successfully defended hospital in USERRA action filed by hospital’s former doctor (E.D. Tenn. 2014; 6th Cir. Ct. App. 2015; cert denied U.S. Sup. Ct. 2016): In a case of first impression under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), the Sixth Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment to our clients on several grounds, including an affirmative defense under USERRA that was the first of its kind in a federal appellate court .
  • Obtained summary judgment in Title VII hostile work environment/retaliation case; affirmed on appeal: In Fox v. Yates Services, LLC, 232 F. Supp.3d 971, (M.D. Tenn. 2017), the district court granted our client’s motion for summary judgment in full in a Title VII hostile work environment case involving allegations of sexual and religious harassment and retaliation, and the Sixth Circuit affirmed on appeal.
  • Defended clients in non-compete and non-solicit cases and obtained denials of temporary injunctions: In two non-compete cases where former employers sought to enforce non-competes against their former employees, the motions for temporary injunctions were denied and the cases against these clients dismissed. See Special Counsel, Inc. v. Carter, Davidson County Chancery Court, No. 17-1149-III and Internal Data Resources v. Briggs, Davidson County Chancery Court, No 14-1064-IV.