Labor & Employment in Georgia
If you are involved in a legal dispute with your employer, you should hire a Georgia labor and employment lawyer to help you resolve the issue. Your attorney can review the facts of your situation, explain your legal options and help you file a lawsuit or complaint against the employer, if that's the appropriate solution.
Georgia labor and employment attorneys can also offer assistance if you're negotiating with your current or potential employer or being asked to sign a job-related contract. For example, the lawyer can review job contracts, severance agreements, non-disclosure agreements and non-compete agreements. Your attorney can help you negotiate a compensation package, relocation package or severance package.
Common Employment Issues in Georgia
The workplace is governed by thousands of federal and Georgia employment laws. This regulatory maze sometimes makes it difficult for the average employee to know what employers can and cannot legally do. And if you think your employer has done something wrong it can be tough to figure out which agency or court might be responsible for addressing the problem. A Georgia employment lawyer can discuss the issue with you and guide you to an appropriate solution.
Some of the more common employment issues include:
- Compensation: For many people, the paycheck is one of the most important things about their job. And it often comes with a host of questions: Should you be paid an hourly wage or an annual salary? Are you being compensated for all of the time you're at work? When are you entitled to overtime? Are you earning, at minimum, the Georgia minimum wage? Georgia employment lawyers can offer assistance if you think you're being denied compensation to which you are entitled.
- Worker safety: The workplace can be dangerous. You may be exposed to hazardous materials and hazardous work conditions. But your employer is obligated to minimize those hazards where possible. If you feel as if your workplace is unnecessarily unsafe, there are steps you and your Georgia employment attorney can take to address the issue.
- Workers' compensation: If you've been injured on the job or develop a workplace-related illness, you may be entitled to money under the workers' compensation system in Georgia.
- Termination and unemployment: If you have been terminated, you may be entitled to Georgia unemployment compensation. But employers will sometimes try to challenge an unemployment claim. Your attorney can help you appeal a denial. And if you feel you've been unfairly terminated, your lawyer can help you pursue legal action against your employer.
Questions to Ask a Georgia Labor & Employment Lawyer
Before hiring a Georgia labor and employment attorney, you should schedule a preliminary meeting, known as an initial consultation. At this meeting you'll have the opportunity to learn more about the lawyer's experience and background, and tell the attorney about your job-related issue. Most attorneys do not charge for an initial consultation.
To prepare for the meeting, make a list of topics you'd like to discuss and questions you'd like to ask. You may want to question the attorney about his or her education, length of time practicing law, experience handling cases similar to yours and legal fees. Be sure to bring writing materials to the meeting so you can take plenty of notes.
Find & Hire a Georgia Employment Attorney
If you're ready to hire a lawyer, then Attorneys.com can help you find a lawyer in your area. We offer a free service that can connect you with employment attorneys across the state, including in Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah and Athens.
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