Augusta Employment & Civil Rights Attorneys
Tough representation when you have experienced discrimination in Georgia
While Augusta is best known by the world for the Masters golf tournament, Augusta is the home of many other prosperous businesses. Some of the local and regional employers include the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, and numerous construction, education, retail, finance, hospitality, and healthcare businesses.
Augusta employees have the right to expect that they will be judged on their competency and experience – and not on their identity characteristics such as race, sex, or national origin. Augusta employees also have the right to expect that they will be paid according to their contracts and the laws that govern wages and overtime pay. Augusta employees and residents have the right to expect that the police and other government officials and entities will honor their Constitutional and legal rights.
At Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP, our Augusta employment attorneys are recognized throughout the state and the country for our impressive record of successful awards in employee rights and civil rights cases. We understand the laws and court rulings that protect employees from employer wrongs. We’ve even won at the US Supreme Court. Call us for help today.
This was my first time having to seek legal counsel on an employment issue so I was a bit nervous about the process. I was referred to Ed Buckley by a friend I respect and trust, and one that has over 20 years of experience in law. Mr. Buckley made the process much less intimidating for me. Many thanks to Mr. Buckley and team for helping me. I'd definitely hire them again. – Google review
How can we help?
- How can your Augusta attorneys help with my case?
- What kinds of employment claims do your Augusta attorneys handle?
- What kinds of civil rights claims do your Augusta employment attorneys handle?
- Where is my Augusta employment claim decided?
- What laws help Augusta employees assert their rights?
- What is the value of my Augusta employment or civil rights claim?
- How much time do I have to file my Augusta employment or civil rights claim?
- Do you have an Augusta employment and civil rights attorney near me?
How can your Augusta attorneys help with my case?
Jobs provide many benefits – a paycheck to support yourself and your family, the satisfaction of helping customers and the community, and the friendships of the people you work with. At Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP, our Augusta employment attorneys understand the shock and trauma of being fired, denied a promotion, working in a hostile environment, or coping with any employer wrong.
We understand your pain because we’re connected to the Augusta and the CSRA through our own work and the towns where we live. Our connections are just one of the reasons we fight so hard for employees when they’re fired, demoted, or suffer any adverse consequences due to what they look like or how they speak instead of how they do their job. We represent blue-collar and white-collar workers, workers who do manual labor, and those who work at a desk or a computer. We represent full-time employees and part-time employees. We’re ready to represent you for any employer wrong today.
Our success and dedication to our clients have been confirmed by testimonials from clients and awards and recognition by the legal profession. Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP offers the following to our clients:
- Premier recognition by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms, and Georgia Trend’s “Legal Elite”
- Extensive experience trying employment and civil rights claims before agencies, in state and federal courts, and in the US Supreme Court
- Decades of experience and millions of dollars in results for our clients
- A diverse team of experienced and strong advocates for the underdog
Let us help you now. Our Augusta employment attorneys will explain your rights, answer your questions, and guide you through the claims process.
What kinds of employment claims do your Augusta attorneys handle?
Our Augusta employment lawyers represent employees in the following types of claims:
Discrimination and wrongful treatment
You work hard to develop the skills, craftsmanship, and talent to do your job. Whether you’re a construction worker, a nurse, or a C-suite executive; you deserve to be judged on your ability to complete job assignments and help your employer’s business prosper. You also deserve to be heard in court and governmental agencies when you assert your employee rights.
Employers cannot discriminate in any aspect of work (hiring, job opportunities, and firing) based on protected identity characteristics such as race, national origin, sex, or religion. Employers cannot create a hostile work environment or request sexual favors in return for better job opportunities or pay. Harassment in the workplace is not acceptable.
Our Augusta employment attorneys fight for employees when any of the following types of employer wrongs affect your job in any negative way.
Financial rights claims
Whether you work paycheck to paycheck or you work to build economic security, you have the right to be paid according to the terms of your employment contract and the federal and state wage laws. The proper rate of pay includes your hourly rate (at the minimum wage or higher), overtime pay, and salaried pay. We file class actions when employers cheat their employees.
Your financial rights include your health benefits, retirement benefits, and any other benefits. At Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP, we also fight for any severance pay that you are due. We are skilled at negotiating and contesting any restrictions on your ability to work for competitors of your employer after you leave the company.
We handle all types of financial rights claims on behalf of employees, including:
Employment claims when employers retaliate for asserting a legal right or whistleblowing
The laws and court cases protect employees who assert they suffered discrimination, the loss of a financial right, or the loss of any legal right during their employment. Employees are also protected from employers who retaliate because an employee blew the whistle on employer fraud or illegal conduct. Our Augusta employment lawyers handle:
Personal employment rights
Employees should be able to look forward to doing their job. This comfort level means being able to tend to family members in emergencies, when newborns or new children arrive, or when older parents need care. Security at work means knowing that your employer is doing his/her best to make your job safe.
Our Augusta employment attorneys have long-term experience representing employees in the following types of claims:
What kinds of civil rights claims do your Augusta employment attorneys handle?
The term civil rights is much broader than most people think. Civil rights claims include all claims based on any violation of your US Constitutional rights or of any federal law that grants you some type of right. Civil rights can be filed by people of any race, any gender or sexual orientation, and anyone in Augusta. Civil rights claims can be filed against the police, government officials, municipalities, and other people and entities.
Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP is a trailblazer in civil rights cases. We helped convince the US Supreme Court in the case of Bostock v. Clayton County, GA, to rule that discrimination under the Civil Rights Act includes the protected classes of gender identity and sexual orientation.
Our Augusta employment lawyers have experience handling:
- Civil Rights Claims
- LGBTQ+ Rights Claims
- 1983 Claims
- Violations of Constitutional Rights
- Sexual Assault Claims
Where is my Augusta employment claim decided?
There are different laws and factors that determine where your case is heard, depending on the type of claim you have. For example, most discrimination claims are first submitted to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Many claims are ultimately litigated in federal and Georgia courts.
Our Augusta employment attorneys will file your employment claim with the correct agency and in the correct court. Our seasoned trial lawyers try cases in the courtroom when necessary. We also represent employees in alternative dispute resolution proceedings such as arbitration or the mediation process.
What laws help Augusta employees assert their rights?
Our Augusta employment attorneys use every law on your behalf to help you assert your employee rights. Some of the more common laws we use depending on your claim are:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- The Americans with Disabilities Act
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
- The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- The Wages and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- The False Claims Act
- The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
- The Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA)
What is the value of my Augusta employment or civil rights claim?
The value of your claim depends on the type of case you have. Depending on the applicable laws, you could be entitled to damages for:
- Lost wages
- Loss of economic benefits of employment
- Statutory damages (such as compensatory damages, punitive damages, or liquidated damages)
- Attorneys’ fees and expenses
- Injunctive relief
How much time do I have to file my Augusta employment or civil rights claim?
Don’t wait. You should contact our Augusta employment lawyers as soon as possible for several reasons. The deadlines for filing claims vary depending on the right that is being violated, whether agencies are involved, and other factors. By promptly calling us, we can immediately put your employer or others on notice that the misconduct must stop. We can review your employment situation and your financial damages.
The timelines for employment claims and civil rights claims may be very short. Call us today.
Do you have an Augusta employment and civil rights attorney near me?
Our Augusta employment lawyers meet clients in Atlanta. Our office is located at 600 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 3900. We also conduct phone and video consultations by appointment for clients in Augusta who can’t come to Atlanta. We proudly serve clients throughout Georgia, including in Athens, Atlanta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, and Savannah.
We understand how upset you are. Call us now. We’ll answer all your question and explain your rights.
Contact our Augusta employment lawyers to assert your employee rights
Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP fights for employees and civil rights victims from the moment we meet with you. We understand what evidence is needed to support your claim and how to obtain that evidence. We anticipate the arguments employers and government officials will make. To discuss your employee rights and civil rights with our Augusta attorneys, schedule a consultation by calling us or contacting us today.