Georgia is an at-will employment state with extremely limited state law protections for employees. While some employees may have contracts that dictate the terms of their employment, most do not. Employees in Georgia do have federal protection against certain types of actions. The majority of employment lawsuits brought in Georgia’s courts are for employment discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, religion, and sex (including sexual harassment.)
A recent trend has seen a growing number of lawsuits for violations of wage and hour law, including overtime violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In addition, employees have some protections when they or their family members take medical leave under the Family Medical Leave Act. Marcus G. Keegan has assisted both employees and employers in matters or lawsuits involving each of the following areas.