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 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.
  • Obtained summary judgment in ADA case involving drug testing on behalf of hospital (219 F. Supp. 3d 738 (W.D. Tenn. 2016)): In an ADA case involving an alleged “false positive” drug test, the court granted our client’s motion for summary judgment.
  • 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.