Employment Law

GDCR assists public and private employers across the country with all aspects of employment law, including issues arising under:

  • Title VII (discrimination or harassment based on race, sex, religion, national origin and color)
  • Fair Dismissal Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act (overtime and other wage and hour issues)
  • United Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA military service member rights)
  • The National Labor Relations Act
  • Section 1983 claims
  • Restrictive covenants and non-competes
  • Unemployment matters
  • Worker’s compensation matters
  • Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act

We also handle a variety of other types of issues that arise in the workplace, such as class actions, collective actions, wrongful discharge claims, whistleblower claims (including those under Sarbanes-Oxley) and constitutional claims.

Our attorneys provide proactive counseling and advice to employers to develop policies and procedures to avoid litigation as well as aggressive and effective representation when litigation does develop. In each situation, we work closely with our clients to develop the best approach that meets our clients’ business objections and cost considerations.

Public Sector Clients

Our attorneys represent a number of public sector clients, including school districts and city and county governments throughout Georgia, on a variety of employment matters. The depth and breadth of our experience in representing public employers allows us to understand the unique needs of these clients, including:

  • Employee licensure/investigation issues
  • Ethics violations Employee
  • Responding to open records Act requests
  • Public employee grievance matters
  • Office of Civil Rights investigations
  • Grand Jury investigations
  • Title VI
  • Section 1983
  • First Amendment claims
  • Title IX claims
  • Due process claims
  • Garrity issues
  • Georgia whistleblower Act claims
  • Fourth Amendment claims
  • State law contract requirements for public employees
  • State law retirement rules for public employees
  • Mandamus proceedings
  • Reporting requirements for public employee misconduct
  • Breach of contract and wrongful termination claims
  • Fair Dismissal Act cases

Private Sector Clients

We represent a variety of private sector clients, from small businesses with one or two employees to large Fortune 500 companies with thousands of employees. GDCR attorneys regularly represent employers in matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Department of Labor (DOL), as well as in federal and state courts across the country. We also handle matters in various arbitration forums, including the American Arbitration Association, and have tried a number of employment cases, including cases brought by the EEOC.

We work with clients to develop employment agreements, non-compete agreements, employee handbooks, and other policies and procedures to both avoid litigation and to help develop the best practices that allow the client to grow its business. In addition, we work with clients to ensure compliance with the various federal and state laws that govern hiring, drug-testing, background testing, e-mail monitoring, leaves of absence, classification of employees (both as either employees or independent contractors, and as exempt or non-exempt from overtime), and other workplace issues.

Contact Us

We invite you to contact a member of our Employment Law practice group to discuss your specific business challenges and to learn more about how we have helped countless clients respond to employment-related challenges and opportunities.