Atlanta Employment Dispute Attorney
Atlanta employment dispute attorney Stacey Carroll has years of experience representing both individual employees and companies with employment law matters. The Carroll Law Firm is well-versed in dealing with the emotions that often accompany employment dispute matters, and our team knows how to negotiate issues out of court to find a satisfactory result for everyone involved. We are interested in fairness and results, and we will work to protect your company’s reputation as well as the various financial interests at play. Whether your dispute involves a simple breach of contract, complex wage & hour calculations, or more charged issues such as workplace harassment or allegations of discrimination, Atlanta employment dispute attorney Stacey Carroll is a name you can trust to aggressively protect and pursue your interests.
Breach of employment contracts
Georgia is an “at-will” state, meaning that employers are free to terminate employees with or without cause, as long as the reasons for termination do not otherwise violate state or federal law. Employees with contracts, however, benefit from the protections drafted within them: Employees can only be fired or otherwise punished according to the terms of the employment agreement. If an employee feels they have been wrongfully terminated without appropriate cause, or that the employer has otherwise violated the terms of an employment agreement, they may have a claim for reinstatement or money damages.
Disputes over employment can take many forms. At the Carroll Law Firm, we have experience ranging from the initial negotiation of employment and severance agreements to taking breach of employment matters through mediation, arbitration, and trial. We are prepared to handle claims involving, for example:
- Bad faith claims
- Wrongful termination
- Lost wages and benefits
- Negotiations of severance packages for employees, directors, and managers
- Negotiations of executive compensation packages
- Non-compete, non-solicitation, non-recruitment, and non-disclosure clauses
Wage & hour cases
The Carroll Law Firm represents employees and employers dealing with allegations involving the failure to compensate workers appropriately. We have experience dealing with claims including:
- Unpaid overtime
- Unpaid or “off the clock” work
- Minimum wage violations
- Allegations of illegal wage reductions
- Untimely payment of final wages
In these cases, the numbers matter. You need an attorney on your side who understands the complicated financial issues and calculations underlying these claims and who knows how to translate expert financial opinion into compelling evidence understandable by a judge or jury to best present your case. As a former Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Carroll is more than well-equipped to wade into the complex accounting involved in many wage and hour disputes, helping aggrieved workers get the payment that they are owed, as well as protecting businesses against overinflated damages claims.
Discrimination and harassment
While employees can be terminated for just about any reason under the “at-will” employment rules, employees benefit from protections under Georgia state and U.S. federal law against discrimination based on specific protected characteristics or membership in certain protected classes. Employees cannot be terminated or otherwise suffer adverse employment action as a result of, for example:
- The employee’s membership in a protected class based on their color, national origin, race, religion, sex, disability, pregnancy, or age
- Reporting illegal or inappropriate conduct (whistleblower and retaliation complaints)
- Exercising their rights to take leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
We also represent workers and employees with claims involving inappropriate workplace behavior and harassment. Workers have the right to be free from hostile work environments, either by other employees or managers, and employers have a responsibility to protect employees from sexual harassment, harassment based on a protected class as discussed above, or from otherwise being subjected to a hostile work environment.
If you are a worker who has been denied a position, a promotion, or a bonus as a result of discrimination, or if you have been terminated for exercising your legal rights under the FMLA or for reporting unlawful or harassing conduct, you have a right to compensation from your employer. If you are a Georgia employer facing allegations of discrimination, harassment, FMLA violations or other inappropriate conduct, you have the right to a strong defense to protect your reputation, your business interests, and your company’s financial well-being.
Dedicated Atlanta Employment Dispute Attorney Representing Workers and Employers
If you are an Atlanta employer or employee dealing with wage & hour violations, a contract dispute, or employee rights issues, contact a passionate and effective Atlanta employment dispute attorney at the Carroll Law Firm at 404-816-4555 for a free consultation.