Poole Huffman represents clients in a broad range of employment law matters. Our lawyers in Atlanta specialize in resolving employment-related disputes.
We address claims and negotiations related to:
- Sexual Harassment/Hostile Work Environment
- EEOC Charges and Position Statements
- Individual and Collective Actions
- Severance Packages
- Disability Accommodation
- Wage and Hour Law
- Family and Medical Leave Act
Our attorneys are experienced and aggressive employment litigators who prepare effectively for the purposes of both settlement negotiations and trial. We handle a wide range of lawsuits for both employers and employees, including claims arising from wrongful termination, sexual harassment, unpaid commissions, hostile work environment, reasonable accommodations, and severance package negotiations.
Federal anti-discrimination laws prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and religion, among other characteristics. Sexual harassment is one type of discrimination that is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other laws. Harassment under Title VII may include offensive comments and jokes, unwelcome sexual advances, or repeated requests for a date or sexual favors. These types of actions are unlawful when they are either so frequent that they result in a hostile work environment or when they result in termination, loss of pay, or another adverse event for the employee.
Georgia is an at-will employment state, which means an employee may be terminated for any reason as long as that reason is not illegal or in violation of public policy. An employee may sue an employer for damages based on wrongful termination. Some illegal reasons to fire a worker include retaliation for engaging in a protected activity (such as participating in an investigation of discrimination), taking protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, or another reason as specified in the employee's contract. In some cases, an employment contract prohibits the firing of an employee except under certain conditions or promises certain forms of job security, and if an employer violates that contract, it may be subject to a wrongful termination lawsuit.