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    • Buckley Beal Files Age Discrimination Lawsuit Against DeKalb County Hospital - Employment Law

      As reported in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Buckley Beal recently filed an age discrimination and retaliation lawsuit after a young manager allegedly engaged in a campaign to terminate our client's employment because of her age. As outlined in the lawsuit, the manager asked our client when she was going to retire, stated that she needed to retire, called her old and crazy on multiple occasions, and made it clear that she was compiling documentation to terminate our client. After 16 years of dedicated employment to the hospital, our client was abruptly fired at the age of 75.

      Rachel Berlin Benjamin commented: “Instead of treating our client fairly and respectfully in the workplace, she was mistreated and subjected to blatant age discrimination at the hands of a much younger supervisor. This is exactly what the Age Discrimination in Employment Act statute protects against and we look forward to remedying this wrong.”

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    • Rachel Berlin Benjamin files case on behalf of former 911 operator - Employment Law

      Rachel Berlin Benjamin filed a new lawsuit on behalf of a 911 operator who was sexually harassed and retaliated against during her employment. She told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that her client's male-dominated workplace tolerated sexual harassment and encouraged employees to look the other way. We look forward to holding Smyrna and the individuals sued accountable for these systemic failing.

      Read more about the case here.

    • Buckley Beal Files Lawsuit Against the City of Decatur on Behalf of a 20-Year Firefighter - Employment Law

      Ed Buckley and Andrew Tate filed a new lawsuit against the City of Decatur on behalf of our client, a 20-year Decatur firefighter, after the City stripped her of 90% of her pension.

      Lt. Bridgit Christensen suffered a severe spinal injury when responding to a call in her firetruck. After her doctor declared her permanently disabled, she was eligible to retire with her disability pension. However, after she asked to retire, the City amended the pension plan to reduce her benefit from $3,500 per month to only $400 per month.

      We look forward to litigating this case and obtaining a favorable result for Lt. Christensen.

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    • Buckley Beal Represents Former Mental Health Court Coordinator - Employment Law

      Buckley Beal's attorneys Rachel BenjaminAshley Clark, and Annie Boring represent the former coordinator of the Troup County Mental Health Court in a case against Troup County for racial and FMLA discrimination. The claims reveal she was dismissed due to her race and as a result of her requesting time off to care for her premature baby.

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    • Buckley Beal’s Class Action Lawsuit Regarding Hall County Employees’ Pension Plan - Employment Law

      Ed Buckley, Michael Kramer, and Anita Bala represent Hall County employees in a class action lawsuit which details how in 1998, Hall County completely changed its employees’ pension plan without fully disclosing the financial impact of the change to its employees or following an appropriate process to enact those changes.

      On Wednesday, Buckley Beal participated in a hearing in Hall county Superior Court regarding the estimated $75 million class action lawsuit and the summary judgment motions pending before the Court.

      As Michael Kramer told the Gainesville Times: “We think that the court should grant our motion for summary judgment, that the freeze was clearly unlawfully adopted and that any freeze is null and void as matter of law…”

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    • The Supreme Court Granted Certiorari in Buckley Beal LLP's Case (April 22, 2019) - Employment Law

      Partners Brian Sutherland and Thomas Mew are headed to the Supreme Court of the United States!

      The Supreme Court granted certiorari in Buckley Beal LLP's case. Buckley Beal represents a social worker who worked for Clayton County and who was fired because of his sexual orientation. The lawsuit was dismissed because the court held that “discharge for homosexuality is not prohibited by Title VII.” In this landmark case, the Supreme Court will decide whether LGBTQ workers are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. We are confident that Brian and Tom will help create favorable law that will protect all LGBTQ employees across the county.

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    • Rachel Berlin Benjamin and Anita Bala File Sexual Harassment Lawsuit in Federal Court - Employment Law

      Rachel Berlin Benjamin and Anita Bala filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of a former Food Depot employee who was sexually harassed and assaulted by her supervisor. As the lawsuit alleges, Food Depot failed to take action to address the harasser’s misconduct and instead allowed it to continue. Not surprisingly, the supervisor went on to sexually harass another employee after Buckley Beal’s client was forced to resign from her job.

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    • Win in Sexual Discrimination Case Against the U.S. Government - Employment Law $65,000.00

      In the summer of 2008, we obtained more than $65,000 for a client in a sexual discrimination case against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Most of the award was for the client's emotional distress arising out of the defendant's failure to promote our client to a position for which she was more qualified than the male that was selected.

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    • A $2.25 Million in a Sexual Harassment Case - Employment Law $2.25

      In late 2006, the firm won a jury verdict of $2.25 million in a sexual harassment case against an Atlanta-based chain of sports bars and its principal shareholder. Our client was the company's highest-placed female officer. The firm's trial team was led by Ed Buckley and included Dena George.

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    • A $1,060,000.00 Verdict Against Kennesaw State University - Employment Law $1,060,000.00

      In 2004, Ed Buckley won a $1,060,000.00 verdict against Kennesaw State University in a sex discrimination and retaliation case. Our client was a professor of music. The jury found the university guilty of sex discrimination and retaliation when it promoted a far less qualified male to the position of Chair of the Music Department.

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    • Fulton Ends Reverse Bias Case, Pays Trio $3.5 Million - Employment Law

      Two years after Fulton County lost a reverse discrimination case in federal court, the county has paid three white former employees $3.5 million in damages.

      Atlanta attorney Edward D. Buckley III, a partner at Buckley Beal, said the county paid the judgment on June 30, less than three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court denied, without comment, Fulton's petition for a writ of certiorari. Fulton County v. Lambert, No. 01-1568 (U.S June 10, 2002).

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    • Significant Win in an Age Discrimination Case - Employment Law $280,000.00

      In early 2007, the firm recovered just over $280,000.00 in back pay, benefits, and attorney's fees in an age discrimination case. The employer also unconditionally offered to reinstate our client to his job as Vice President of Marketing and Sales.

    • Victory Against Unfair Non-Compete Agreements - Employment Law

      In 2003, the firm won a major victory on behalf of employees subject to unfair "non-compete" agreements. Georgia law requires strict scrutiny of these agreements and Georgia courts often bar employers from trying to enforce them. In Hostetler v. AnswerThink, the Georgia court of appeals held that Georgia courts have the power to prohibit former employers from trying to enforce invalid agreements throughout the United States, not just in Georgia. The Hostetler decison gives Georgia employees vital protection from "end run" efforts to enforce invalid non-compete agreements by filing lawsuits in other states.

    • Win Against the Smith Barney Brokerage Firm - Employment Law $1,045,000.00

      In early 2005, Buckley Beal won a total of $1,045,000.00 in an arbitration brought on behalf of a stockbroker against the Smith Barney Brokerage firm. The case was originally part of the "Boom Boom Room" class action litigation, in which Smith Barney was accused of a nationwide pattern of sex discrimination and harassment. Buckley Beal represented three former Smith Barney female stockbrokers in separate arbitrations arising from the class action.