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LaGrange Employment Lawyer

Discrimination & Overtime Violations Claims

attorneys Chris Hall & Andrew LamprosIf you have been the victim of illegal conduct at work, you need a LaGrange employment lawyer to use the law to make it right. Hall & Lampros, LLP has a LaGrange office near Vernon Street & Highway 27 and we have obtained large verdicts for our clients in a diverse variety of employment law cases, holding employers accountable. 

There are a number of federal and state laws that govern your relationship with your employer. While employment is at-will, your employer cannot discriminate against you or harass you. They also must pay you in accordance with federal law. If they break the law, they may have to pay/ 

Do not let your employer get away with illegal conduct. Call Hall & Lampros, LLP, and we can pursue your claim. Get an experienced lawyer to deal with your employer. We can help you begin the legal process. You can schedule a free consultation by messaging us through our website or calling us today at 404-876-8100.

Persons Protected from Employment Discrimination

For many employment law cases, the first thing that you need to understand is the concept of a protected class. The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of your being a part of the protected class. This includes:

  • Race 
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex 
  • Sexual Preference
  • National origin
  • Age 
  • Disability 
  • Genetic information

Hall & Lampros has substantial experience recovering for persons who are the victims of illegal discrimination at work.

Overtime and Employer Tip-Theft Claims

Federal law requires most employers to pay overtime at a rate of 1 ½ times the regular hourly rate to most workers if they work more than 40 hours in a workweek.  Although there are exceptions, the overtime rules generally apply to non-management office positions and all labor positions.  

Federal law also makes it illegal for employers to take employee tips.

Hall & Lampros have recovered overtime and tip-theft damages for thousands of employees.

Contact Hall & Lampros, LLP now at 404-876-8100 to schedule a complimentary consultation with our firm.

Why You May Need to File a Lawsuit

Here are some reasons why you may need to sue your employer:

  • Discrimination – An employer can discriminate in practically every area of employment, from hiring to promotions to termination. 
  • Wrongful termination – Even though employment may be at-will in Georgia, your employer cannot fire you based on a violation of state or federal law
  • Sexual Harassment – You cannot be subjected to harassment based on sex or on the basis of being a part of any other protected class.
  • Retaliation – If you have raised concerns about discrimination, harassment or other illegal employment actions, your employer cannot retaliate by subjecting you to an adverse employment action
  • Wage & hour violations – Employers have the obligation to pay hourly workers overtime for any hours that they work above 40 per week. They must also pay a minimum wage, and they cannot take tips. 

Other Contexts in Which You Need a LaGrange Employment Attorney

There are other matters for which you should hire an employment law attorney that include:

  • Negotiating the terms of a severance package (especially when there is a possible violation of the law)
  • Negotiating a non-compete agreement or trying to get out of an overly restrictive one that you already signed
  • Securing legal protection as a whistleblower

Why Experience Matters

Employers will never make it easy for you to sue them. Not only would they fight your lawsuit with everything that they have, but they could also take action against you personally. Employers realize that they could be liable for a large judgment, so they go into self-protection mode. 

In addition, courts need evidence to rule in your favor. You could have direct evidence that shows discrimination, such as witness testimony and emails. In an employment law case, you can also rely on circumstantial evidence to prove an inference of discrimination. For example, if you believe that you were denied a promotion on the basis of race, and data shows that there are several standard deviations in the rate of white and Black people who are promoted, it could be used as evidence in your case. 

How Our Employment Law Attorneys Can Help You

Here is what an employment lawyer can do to help:

  • Give you counsel and advice while you are dealing with the difficult situation at work
  • Investigate your case, gathering the evidence that you need to prove that your employer broke the law
  • Evaluating the merits of your case, helping you figure out how you can take action
  • Calculating the damages that you can seek in your lawsuit
  • Filing a claim with the relevant government agency that is a prerequisite to a lawsuit
  • Negotiate a potential settlement with your employer
  • Argue your case in court if there is no settlement

Employment law cases can be drawn out and difficult. Your employer believes that they have all the power, but the law is the great equalizer. 

When You Should Hire an Experienced Attorney

If you have a suspicion or belief that your employer has broken the law in any way, whether it is underpaying you or how you have been treated. It is always better to get legal advice early in the process. How you act and document your case could make the difference in whether you are able to get justice. You may not even know your legal rights or what exactly is illegal. Your lawyer can explain the law and work with you on a path forward. 

Contact a LaGrange Employment Law Firm

Reach out to the experienced and dedicated employment law attorneys at Hall & Lampros if you find yourself in a difficult employment situation. Your employer will know that they cannot bully you or sweep the issue under the rug. You can schedule a free consultation by messaging us through our website or calling us today at 404-876-8100