Atlanta Employment Attorney
Experiencing a wrongful termination can be tremendously stressful and if
you have reason to believe that you were illegally let go from your job,
our firm wants to hear from you. At Buckley Beal LLP, we believe that
employers must be held accountable when they knowingly violate worker
rights, and our firm can help you to understand your legal options. Our
Atlanta employment attorneys possess more than 80 years of collective experience and have recovered
millions of dollars for our clients in past cases.
Request an initial consultation with our attorneys and discover if you have a wrongful termination claim.
What Constitutes Wrongful Termination?
Georgia is an “at-will” state regarding employment which means
that a worker may be let go for almost any reason, or in some cases with
no reason. However, employees are afforded many state and federal protections
and there are many reasons for which an employee cannot be fired. Wrongful
termination can come in many forms and our firm can help you seek compensation
for your damages.
Examples of wrongful termination can include:
Employee discrimination: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (1984) established “protected
classes” including race, sex, nationality, and religion. Employers
are prohibited from taking negative actions against an employee based
on these classes.
Retaliatory actions: It is against the law for employees to be punished for engaging in legal
actions such as filing a complaint about harassment or discrimination.
While retaliation can include wrongful termination, it can also include
acts such as demotion, sudden transfers, and denial of a raise or a promotion.
Breach of contract: While employment is normally “at-will”, a contract may specify
the terms under which an employee may be let go. When a contract includes
clauses relating to job security, a case me be made that a worker is not
an at-will employee. Spoken or implied promises, while more difficult
to prove, may also afford workers protections from wrongful termination.
Policy violations: It is illegal to release a worker for engaging in acts protected by state
or federal policies. For example, a worker cannot be let go for taking
time off to serve on a jury, to vote, or to serve in the military.
Award-Winning Employment Law Attorneys
Proving that wrongful termination has occurred can often be complex as
employers are unlikely to admit to wrongdoing. A company may put forth
an alternative, lawful reason for a release and you may be left to fight
to ensure that your voice is heard. At Buckley Beal, we have substantial
experience helping individuals overcome the hardship of a wrongful termination
and we can help you to maximize the strength of your claim.
Our Atlanta employment law attorneys have received numerous awards for
our legal ability and client service such as being named in Georgia’s
"Legal Elite" by Georgia Trend Magazine and included in U.S.
News—Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" 2015.
Questions about the circumstances of your termination? Call (404) 471-3725
and tell our attorneys about your case.