Bass Berry & Sims



Labor and employment

Bass Berry & Sims is a full-service law firm that operates offices spanning three major cities in Tennessee: Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis. The labor and employment group is mainly centered in Nashville, but represents clients in litigation throughout the state and beyond. The group is comprised of lawyers who handle both labor relations issues and employment litigation.

Robert Horton chairs the labor and employment practice and maintains an active practice with both traditional labor and employment work. His employment litigation practice has encompassed class- action litigation under the FLSA and additionally an administrative proceeding before the Department of Labor. He and Tim Garrett have both been involved in actions before the National Labor Relations Board as well. Garrett is an experienced labor and employment lawyer and has recently been engaged in several single-plaintiff actions. He represented YAPP USA Automotive Systems in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed in Gallatin Circuit Court. The plaintiff also sought worker’s compensation benefits following an altercation with the alleged harasser. Garrett prevailed against the arguments made by the plaintiff on a granted motion for summary judgment, which was affirmed by the Court of Appeals. The plaintiff then attempted to take the case up to the Tennessee Supreme Court; however, they denied permission to hear the matter.