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John Y. Elliott III

Chattanooga Office
832 Georgia Avenue
Suite 1000 Volunteer Building
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2289

Jay Elliott concentrates his practice on labor and employment. He represents a number of major employers in handling employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation complaints and claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and similar state agencies. Outcomes for lawsuits which have gone to trial include a defense verdict in a potential nationwide class action alleging various wage and hour violations against a nationally-known casual dining restaurant chain, a jury verdict for the employer in a 'whistleblower case' filed by two former employees against a large soft drink bottler, and a declaratory judgment in a noncompete/restrictive covenant case involving a propane gas distributor which was appealed and affirmed by the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Mr. Elliott has also successfully defended several large employers across the country in various labor-related matters, including union campaigns (most recently in NM, MD, NY, VA, MN and TN), labor arbitrations (CT, KS, OH, MI and NY), and unfair labor practice charges (TN, MA, OH and MN). Mr. Elliott founded and leads the Cleveland Area HR Roundtable, a group of select Human Resource professionals in the Cleveland, Tennessee area that meets quarterly.

  • "Recent Employment Law Decisions by U.S. Supreme Court," The Mid-South Chemicals Group, August 2013
  • "Recent Developments in Labor & Employment Law," Cleveland Associated Industries, March 2013
  • "Recent Developments in Labor Law," Cleveland Associated Industries, May 2012
  • "Employee Handbooks," Women's Council of Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, April 2012 

  • "Sexual Harassment: What You Should Know," Women's Council Meeting of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, April 2012
  • "Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law," Professional Golfers Association section meeting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, November 2011
  • "Legal Aspects of Social Networking," Ooltewah/Collegedale Council for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, November 2011
  • "Social Media -- How is it Affecting Your Practice," Chattanooga Medical Group Managers' Association, November 2011
  • "The Do's and Don'ts of Hiring and Firing: Legal Basics for Successfully Hiring, Disciplining, and Terminating Employees," Southeast Tennessee Development District Annual Employment Law Seminar, November 2011
  • "Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law," Cleveland Associated Industries, July 2011
  • "The Do's and Don'ts of Terminating Employees," East Ridge Merchants' Association, March 2011
  • "Get Outta My Face (Book) -- Social Networking in the Modern Workplace," Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, February 2011
  • "New (and Improved?) FMLA Regulations," American Payroll Association of Tennessee, August 2010
  • "Top 10 Mistakes Employers Make with their Employees," Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, May 2010
  • "Developments on Collective Bargaining Agreement Enforcement," Tennessee Valley Public Power Association, February 2010
Other Professional Accomplishments
  • Cleveland Area HR Roundtable - Founder
  • Chattanooga Society for Human Resource Management's Diversity Committee - Member
  • Leadership Chattanooga - Graduate, Class of 2014
  • Miller & Martin Labor & Employment Department - Vice-Chair
  • Miller & Martin Hiring Member - Chattanooga Office
  • Miller & Martin Diversity Committee - Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Program, 2009
  • "Title VII Challenges to Affirmative Action Hiring Plans," Chattanooga Society for Human Resource Management's Unity Within Diversity, Summer 2013
  • "NLRB Issues Employee Notification Rule," Workforce Management Magazine, September 2011
  • "Declaratory Judgments and Non-compete Agreements: Proving a Negative," Tennessee Employment Law Letter, April 2010