Columbus Employment Law and Business Litigation Attorneys

Columbus Employment & Civil Rights Attorneys

Experienced advocacy for victims of employer and government mistreatment in Georgia


Columbus is Georgia’s third-largest city. Employees work in many different industries, including Ft. Moore, healthcare facilities, textile mills, Columbus University, restaurants, and many other businesses. If the rest of the county has Georgia on its Mind, Columbus employees and residents have their minds on being paid fair wages based on their skills and their ability to do quality work.

Unfortunately, many employers in Columbus fail to treat their employees equally and equitably. They discriminate based on race, sex, age, and other identity characteristics. They create workplaces that are hostile to some employees. They retaliate when employees disclose employer fraud or governmental waste.

At Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP, our Columbus employment lawyers have the experience and resources to hold employers and government officials accountable when the lights go out on an employee in Georgia. We file discrimination claims, harassment claims, financial claims, retaliation lawsuits, and many other employment claims. We file civil rights claims when your Constitutional rights or rights based on federal laws are violated.

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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

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Our Columbus employment attorneys make a difference


Your world changes when you’re fired from your job. The money stops coming in. You can’t be sure when and where you’ll work again. Your satisfaction and purpose in doing good work are gone. When you’re terminated from work or denied a promotion or other job opportunities because of discrimination, you need experienced aggressive Columbus employment lawyers on your side. When harassment at work becomes unbearable, your employer should be held accountable. At Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP, our employment attorneys have decades of experience fighting for workers who suffer financially and emotionally due to employer mistreatment and discrimination. Our employment and civil rights lawyers are connected to Columbus, Atlanta, and the other parts of Georgia. We don’t just work here. We live here. We root for the University of Georgia and the Atlanta teams. We love the culture and scenery of Georgia. We’re loyal here. That’s why we fight so hard for our clients. We want them to enjoy Columbus and the work they do.

We help every type of employee, including workers in construction, hospitality, retail, healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing, transportation, education, science, and all other types of employment. We represent workers who clock their time daily and C-Suite executives who earn a salary.

At Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP, our Columbus employment and civil rights lawyers are proud to be recognized for our achievements by former clients and legal rating organizations. We’re repeatedly in the news for our willingness to take on the tough cases and our record of success.

Our achievements include:

  • High-honor recognition by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms, and Georgia Trend’s “Legal Elite”
  • Successful representation before the EEOC, in state and federal courts, and before the US Supreme Court
  • Nearly a century of combined experience and millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients
  • A varied team of experienced and caring employment and civil rights attorneys

We represent all employees in all professions no matter who you are or the type of work you do.

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What types of employment claims do your Columbus attorneys handle?


Our Columbus employment lawyers are skilled at handling claims involving:

Discrimination and wrongful treatment

Employers should judge your work based on your skills, experience, and ability to perform the job tasks. That’s the fair way. That’s the just way. Employers should not hire you, fire you, deny promotions, or adversely affect your ability to work based on your race, sex, religion, age (over 40), a disability, sexual identity, gender preference, or the country you come from. That’s not only the wrong way; it’s a violation of your employment rights. It’s the basis for many employment lawsuits throughout Columbus and Georgia.

Our Columbus employment lawyers represent Columbus employees in the following types of employer mistreatment cases:

Financial rights

Employees deserve to be paid properly for the work they do and protected if their employment is terminated voluntarily or involuntarily. At Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP, we represent employees in class action cases when employers fail to pay the wages they earned including overtime pay, tips, commissions, and other income.

Our Columbus employment lawyers negotiate and litigate severance agreements based on the terms of your employment contract, as well as:

Retaliation claims for asserting legal rights or blowing the whistle on employer misconduct

Employees have the right to file claims for discrimination, wage loss, workers’ compensation, family leave, and other employee claims. Employees also have the right to disclose employer fraud or other illegal conduct. Our Columbus employment attorneys file:

Personal employment rights

Employers can violate your rights in other ways than discrimination or not paying you what you deserve. Our Columbus employment lawyers also represent employees who seek to protect their family’s health. Federal laws grant employees who qualify the right to unpaid paid leave to take care of children, parents, and spouses who are in ill health or for certain joyous occasions such as spending time with a newborn or a newly adopted child.

All employees who are injured or became ill due to their work have the right to file for Georgia worker’s compensation benefits. These benefits should pay for your healthcare treatment, temporary wage disability benefits, permanent disability benefits, and death benefits.

We advocate for the rights of truck drivers, including the right to complain about their safety and the safety of the trucks they drive. We also advocate for members of our military who want and need to keep their civil jobs while they perform their military tours of duty.

Call our Columbus employment attorneys if you have any questions about the following:

What types of civil rights claims do your Columbus attorneys handle?

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Civil rights covers many different violations of your rights, including violations of your US Constitutional rights and rights granted by federal law. At Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP, our trial lawyers regularly file lawsuits when police officers, government officials, and government entities violate your rights by using excessive force. We’ll explain if you have a civil rights claim and what’s necessary to prove your claim. We represent clients who have the following claims:

  • Civil Rights Claims
  • 1983 Claims
  • LGBTQ+ Claims
  • Constitutional Rights Violations
  • Sexual Assault Claims

Our Columbus lawyers won a landmark US Supreme Court case, Bostock v. Clayton County, GA, which provides protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

How will my Columbus employment claim be decided?

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Most discrimination and harassment claims begin by filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Many employment claims are filed in federal and state courts. Our Columbus employment lawyers file your claims with the correct agencies and with the correct courts. We’ll guide you through each step of the claims process until your case is resolved.

Our lawyers are skilled at trying cases before agencies, in a courtroom, through arbitration, or by the use of the mediation process.

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What laws help Columbus victims of employment or governmental mistreatment?


Our Columbus employment lawyers explain which laws protect you based on the type of employment or civil rights claim you have. Some of the many laws that protect you and your rights include:

What damages can I claim in Columbus employment or civil rights claim?

Your damage claim depends on the type of claim you have, the applicable law, and the strength of your case. We work to make your case as strong as possible. Your damages may include:

  • Pay and benefits losses due to wrongful termination, denial of promotions, and other reasons
  • The cost to find another job
  • Medical bill expenses
  • Compensatory damages for emotional pain and suffering
  • Severance benefits
  • Liquidated damages (where available)
  • Legal fees and expenses.
  • Punitive damages (where available)

We may also seek additional remedies such as job reinstatement, injunctive relief, the removal or limitation of any employment restrictions, and other remedies.

Are there time limits for filing my Columbus employment or civil rights claims?

Don’t wait. Contact our Columbus employment and civil rights lawyers as soon as a violation of your employment or civil rights starts. The sooner you contact us, the faster we can ensure that your claim is filed on time, answer your questions, help you with any medical issues, notify your employer, obtain evidence, and assert your rights.

Do you have a Columbus employment/civil l attorney near me?

Our Columbus employment lawyers meet clients at our Atlanta office located at 600 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 3900. Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP  also conducts phone and video consultations by appointment, and proudly serves clients throughout Georgia, including in Atlanta, Augusta, Athens, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, and Savannah.

Relax. Take a deep breath. We have your back. We’ll calmly and clearly help you understand each phase of your claim.

Ready to fight back? Contact our employment and civil rights attorneys in Columbus to assert your rights

Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP understands how traumatic it is when employers and government officials disrespect you by discriminating, harassing you at work, failing to pay you what you’ve earned, retaliating against you, or violating your civil rights. You can trust that our Columbus employment and civil rights lawyers are ready from day one to help you show why you deserve compensation and justice. We’ve helped many clients just like you. To discuss your rights with our team of Columbus employment and civil rights lawyers, schedule a consultation now. Call or contact us today.