When you own a business that hires employees, state and federal employment laws govern many aspects of the employer-employee relationship. Each year, employment law changes and evolves. When a legal dispute arises between an employer and an employee, it can sometimes mean the difference between success and failure for the business. Therefore, you need an experienced employment lawyer who is ready to help you take on a case involving allegations of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, violation of minimum wage compensation laws and beyond. At Hecht Walker, P.C. in Atlanta, our employment lawyers help businesses avoid legal disputes with employees, and we make every effort to resolve rapidly any of the employment disputes that inevitably flare up.

A great many employment laws govern the hiring and termination rights of employers and the wages, overtime, and benefits provided to employees. Compliance with Georgia state law as well as federal employment laws is imperative for every business in Atlanta and throughout the state. The Atlanta employment lawyers at Hecht Walker, P.C. have decades of collective employment law experience, bringing a significant benefit to the clients whom we represent.

Our employment attorneys offer legal advice to help guide businesses and organizations, protecting them against lawsuits and EEOC filings by former or current disgruntled employees. From an employee who’s demanding severance pay, to claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination or other unlawful practices, our team is ready to aggressively defend  your labor and employment case. An experienced Atlanta employment law attorney with Hecht Walker, P.C. can work with both private and public sector employers, bringing the extensive legal experience and expertise that our clients need.

The attorneys at Hecht Walker, P.C. have successfully represented clients in many employment-related disputes including matters involving:

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);
  • The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA);
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act;
  • Section 1983 federal lawsuits;
  • Employment contracts, non-compete claims, and non-solicitation claims;
  • Sexual harassment and age discrimination charges;
  • Grievances, promotions, terminations, and retaliation claims;
  • Wage, overtime, commission, and benefit issues; and
  • Constitutional claims, civil service issues, and property rights.

What can Hecht Walker, P.C.’s employment law attorneys do for my business or organization?

The employment law attorneys at Hecht Walker, P.C. take the time and make the effort to learn about your business, and we provide the legal advice and services you need to avoid costly legal problems. Our employment law attorneys draft policies, assist in the implementation of procedures, and suggest training to limit liabilities for employers. We investigate complaints, and we also defend companies from discrimination claims and other allegations of wrong-doing.

A top Atlanta law firm, we can draft many different business documents, including non-compete and non-solicit agreements for employers. We will assist with the review of current contracts and other vital legal documents. Our legal team can also help you draft employee contracts and contracts for use with independent contractors.

What are the recent changes in Georgia employment law?

One of the most wide-reaching changes in employment law in recent years concerns social media. The past decade has shown everyone the role that a social media presence can play in the success (or failure) of a company. But what happens when employees are either spending too much company time on social media or are taking their workplace complaints to their favorite social media site? Social media provides unlimited opportunities for branding and marketing, but it also provides unlimited potential for damage.

The obvious answer for employers is to create a social media policy that defines the parameters of how social media sites may be used during work hours and on company computers. Confidentiality clauses are one way to protect your company. A well-written employment manual can also offer protection to your company while spelling out in clear terms what is expected of employees. An Atlanta employment law attorney at Hecht Walker, P.C. can help employers create appropriate policies and procedures, and we can also help you create comprehensive employee handbooks.

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Are your HR policies putting your organization at risk?

Your human resources policies or employment policies can provide strong protections for employers – if they are well-drafted and enforced. Drafting and implementing those policies is both a challenge and a necessity in today’s aggressive business climate. In employment law, it is always best to assume nothing, so we strongly encourage business owners and organizational leaders in Atlanta and throughout the state of Georgia to update their employment policies annually – with an employment lawyer’s help – to ensure that they reflect current law.

What is Title VII?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in the workplace based on one’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. If your organization employs more than fifteen workers, it must be in compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Note that this is only one of the many federal and state laws that dictate how employers must hire, promote, and terminate their employees.

What is the Pregnancy Discrimination Act?

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 is an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It prohibits any employment discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related illnesses and medical conditions. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 applies to every aspect of the employment process, such as hiring, discharges, and benefits.

What are the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ADEA, the FLSA, and the FMLA?

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employers (or would-be employers) from discriminating against anyone who is disabled. If you employ more than fifteen workers, your company must comply with this law. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) prohibits age discrimination against those who are age forty or older. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) addresses child labor laws and overtime pay requirements. The FLSA has many different provisions and regulations which apply to different types of jobs and occupations.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) guarantees that employees – who work for companies that have at least fifty employees within a 75-mile radius – have leaves of absence for illnesses in their families. Employers must provide up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave for employees who are expecting the birth or adoption of a child or for the serious illness of either the employee or the employee’s family member. Remaining in compliance with all state and federal employment laws is critical to the success and well-being of your organization.

Whether you need to resolve an employment contract dispute, teach your supervisors about discrimination laws, or create compliant policies and procedures for your business, an Atlanta employment law attorney at Hecht Walker, P.C. can help. Scores of business owners throughout the metro Atlanta area and across the state of Georgia rely on Hecht Walker, P.C. for all of their employment-related legal services and needs.


This information was posted on 08-31-2016 and does not constitute legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship. The law changes on a daily basis, and the reader should engage an attorney through a written agreement before taking action in this area of the law.