John P. Rodgers

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  • Roundabout Plaza
    1600 Division Street
    Suite 700
    Nashville, TN 37203
P: 615.252.4642
F: 615.252.4708
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John P. Rodgers

Associate

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.

Experience

As an employment litigator, John has represented employers in employment-related litigation brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Tennessee Human Rights Act, and the Tennessee Public Protection Act. He also litigates wage-and-hour disputes under the Fair Labor Standards Act and employee benefit disputes under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). In addition, he assists employers and individuals in litigating restrictive covenants in employment agreements, including non-competes, non-solicitation agreements, and non-disclosure agreements.

His practice also includes representing individuals and businesses in conservatorship and expedited limited healthcare fiduciary cases in state probate court. John has guided numerous individuals through the conservatorship process from start to finish, and has represented a major health care client in several expedited limited healthcare fiduciary matters.

He devotes his practice to advising clients regarding employment law issues and related areas. John crafts employee policies and employee handbooks for clients to manage their day-to-day operations. He drafts employment agreements and independent contractor agreements, including any required non-competes, non-solicitation agreements, and non-disclosure (confidentiality) agreements.

RECENT EXPERIENCE

  • DeSoto v. Board of Parks and Recreation et al., --- F. Supp. 3d ----, 2014 WL 6680681 (M.D. Tenn. Nov. 25, 2014): Our client, a police officer and one of multiple defendants in the matter, was accused of violating the plaintiff’s constitutional rights, discriminating against plaintiff on the basis of age, gender, race, and sexual orientation, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Tennessee Personal and Commercial Computer Act, among other allegations. Before the case was settled, we successfully moved the Middle District of Tennessee to dismiss 19 causes of action against our client.
  • Nicholson v. City of Clarksville, 530 F. App'x 434 (6th Cir. 2013). The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment in favor of municipality in race discrimination, hostile work environment, and failure-to-promote case.
  • Troxler v. MAPCO Express, Inc, Inc ., 2012 WL 4484939 (M.D. Tenn. Sept. 27, 2012). Assisted in obtaining summary judgment for employer in Americans with Disabilities Act case on the basis that each time the employee complained it attempted to accommodate her condition and that it did not know of the EEOC charge at the time of discharge.
  • Durham v. City of Clarksville , 2012 WL 6021435 (M.D. Tenn. Dec. 4, 2012). United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee dismissed all of Plaintiff’s employee’s claims in disability discrimination case based on motion to dismiss on statute of limitations, failure to state a claim grounds.
  • Durham v. City of Clarksville , 2014 WL 4347617 (M.D. Tenn. Sep. 2, 2014). United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee dismissed Plaintiff’s lawsuit for failure for insufficient service of process.
  • Bryan, Ward & Elmore, Inc. v. Rothberg , Davidson County Circuit Court (2014): Obtained summary judgment concerning religious discrimination and harassment claims under the Tennessee Human Rights Act based on the argument that Defendant/Counter-Plaintiff, an insurance salesman, was an independent contractor and not an employee and thus his claims failed as a matter of law.
  • Obtained summary judgment in United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee in favor of registered nurse in Section 1983 civil rights and Americans with Disabilities Act case.
  • Obtained summary judgment in United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee in favor of registered nurse in Section 1983 civil rights case.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc., Board Member
  • DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar 
  • National Order of the Coif, Tennessee Chapter
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

You May Not Know

John is a Nashville, Tennessee native. John graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he served as Articles Editor on the Tennessee Law Review, argued on the Labor & Employment Moot Court Team, and received the Hardin Award for Excellence in Labor & Employment Law. For three years prior to law school, John was a newspaper reporter, covering state politics and the legislature at the state Capitol in Nashville.