Gainsville Employment Law and Business Litigation Attorneys

Gainesville Employment & Civil Rights Attorneys

Strong advocacy for workers and employees throughout Georgia


Gainesville is a beautiful location nestled in the foothills of the amazing Blue Ridge Mountains. Its primary industry is poultry processing. Gainesville is known as the “Poultry Capital of the World.” More than 75,000 people work in the Gainesville area. The tourism industry is also a large employment sector. The Atlanta Falcons football team trains nearby. Other employers include the University of North Georgia, timber companies, farmers, racing, and music and cultural employers.

Our attorneys are skilled at the various employment disputes that occur at these employment locations. At Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP, our Gainesville employment and civil rights attorneys understand your rights. When someone violates your employee or Constitutional and federal rights, we have the experience and resources to advocate for you. Our attorneys have an impressive record of success trying cases before federal agencies and in federal court – including the US Supreme Court where we won a landmark case.

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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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Why Gainesville clients and attorneys hire and respect us


It’s hard enough when you lose your job or a job opportunity due to economic downturns. It’s traumatic when you lose your job or a promotion because your boss doesn’t respect you because of your race, sex, national origin, or other identity characteristics. The same trauma applies when your civil rights are violated because police or other government officials don’t respect you or the law.

At Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP, our attorneys fight for workers who rely on their weekly paychecks to get ahead. Our attorneys understand what ties workers and residents to Gainesville. We help all types of workers, including workers in construction, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, transportation, education, business, and all types of productive jobs. Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP also represents individuals and businesses in many different types of business litigation disputes. At Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP, our lawyers have been recognized by former clients and the legal community for our commitment and dedication to our clients. Some of what we offer our clients includes:

  • Recognition by our legal peers as among the best including recognition by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms, and Georgia Trend’s “Legal Elite”
  • First-class representation before agencies, in trial courts, appellate courts, and the US Supreme Court
  • Nearly a century of combined experience
  • Substantial awards for our clients
  • A diverse team of experienced and respected employment attorneys

Our Gainesville employment attorneys are ready to help you today.

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What types of employee rights cases do you handle in Gainesville?


Our seasoned employee rights lawyers handle all types of employee rights issues and disputes, including:

Discrimination and wrongful treatment

Learning a trade or a profession is hard work. You have the right to expect employers will judge your ability to work and advance in any business based on your abilities – and not because of how you look, where you come from, or whether you have a disability.

Any employee who believes they are not being hired, were fired, or were denied workplace opportunities and promotions, has the right to file a workplace discrimination claim if they are a member of a protected class. Any employee who suffers harassment (sexual, racial, or other types of harassment) has the right to file a workplace harassment claim if their job becomes a hostile workplace or if employers condition advancement in the company based on sexual favors.

Employee rights also include the right to complain about unsafe workplace conditions or any fraudulent conduct of their employer.

We handle the following types of discrimination and employer misconduct claims:

Financial rights

Houses. Cars. Clothing, Food. They all cost a lot of money. Whether you work on a hourly basis, by commission, or earn a salary based on a written employment contract, you deserve to be paid full compensation for all the work you do. Our Gainesville employment lawyers fight for overtime pay, severance pay, and C-suite executive pay. We fight for your right to earn as much as you can whether you stay with your employer, start your own business, or work for a new employer.

Our Gainesville employment lawyers handle the following individual and class action claims:

Employment claims for retaliation and whistleblower claims

No employee should be subjected to retaliation after reporting illegal conduct by their employer or for asserting their rights. We represent employees who have the courage to assert their rights. Our Gainesville employment attorneys handle:

Personal employment rights

Our Gainesville employment lawyers fight to ensure families can stay united and help each other when a new baby is born, a child is adopted, or someone in the family becomes ill by asserting your right to unpaid leave. We fight for employers who suffer workplace injuries, such as slips and falls or vehicle accidents and for workers who suffer occupational illnesses, by filing workers’ compensation claims to pay for your medical care and wage loss disability benefits.

We fight for servicemembers who want and need to keep their jobs while they serve our country and for truck drivers who have concerns about their safety.

To secure the rights that protect families, injured and ill workers, service members, and truck drivers, we handle the following types of claims:

What types of civil rights cases do you handle in Gainesville?


Civil rights violations include violations of the rights of many people – not just minorities but people of all races, religions, and backgrounds. Civil rights law applies to anyone whose US Constitutional rights and federal rights are improperly denied. Civil rights claims can be filed against the police, government officials, and even counties and cities.

Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP understands what rights are protected and what conduct is a violation of those rights. Our firm is a leader in civil rights litigation in Gainesville, Georgia, and throughout America. We represent civil rights victims in the following types of claims:

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

Our Gainesville civil rights lawyers are ready to try your case before federal agencies and in federal court. We are honored to have helped Gerald Bostock assert his civil rights all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a 6 to 3 ruling on Monday, June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court decided that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination “because of sex,” includes LGBTQ+ employees. Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP Partner Thomas J. Mew IV represented Gerald Bostock, petitioner in Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga., and led the charge to secure this historic civil rights victory, which now ensures federal, uniform protection for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer employees from employment discrimination. The decision is a landmark for LGBTQ+ rights and human rights in the United States.

Where will my Gainesville employment or civil rights case be heard?

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The agency or court that hears your civil rights claims depends on the right that was violated and the law that protects that right. Most employment cases begin with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Most employment and civil rights claims are tried in federal courts.

Our Gainesville employment and civil rights attorneys will ensure your claim is filed in the correct forum. Our lawyers are skilled at trying cases before juries in state and federal courtrooms. We also represent clients in alternative dispute resolution forums, including arbitration and the mediation process.

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What laws help Gainesville employees and civil rights victims?


There are many rules, some old, some new, that protect employees and civil rights victims. Our Gainesville employee and civil rights lawyers assert the rights that these laws provide. Some of the laws we use to assert your rights include:

What damages can I be awarded for my Gainesville employment or civil rights claim?

Each type of claim is different including the damages part of your claim.

  • In whistleblower cases, we work to ensure you do not suffer from retaliation and receive any awards you’re eligible for because you disclosed illegal conduct.
  • In wage and overtime cases, we generally file class and collective actions cases that seek overtime pay and any other pay losses for all the employees who are members of the group.
  • In C-Suite executive cases, we seek full severance benefits, the lifting of any job restrictions, and all the benefits your employment contract authorizes.
  • In wrongful termination cases, we seek:
    • Job reinstatement
    • Back pay and back benefits from the date of the firing until the date you are rehired or find new work – including wages losses, insurance costs, retirement contributions, loss of seniority, vacation pay, and other financial damages
    • Future pay losses including loss of income and economic benefits of employment
    • Legal fees and expenses
    • Statutory damages
  • In discrimination and harassment cases, we seek compensation for your financial damages, emotional pain and suffering, punitive damages (where available) and legal fees.
  • In sexual assault cases we seek damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and emotional pain and suffering.
  • In civil rights cases, we seek all the financial, personal, and statutory damages, the civil rights laws permit.

Are there deadlines for filing my Gainesville employment or civil rights claim?

Our best advice is to contact us as soon as possible. The deadlines differ depending on the type of claim you have. Some time limits for filing your claim are very short. It’s best to contact Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP quickly so we can preserve your rights, investigate your claim, help obtain the evidence needed to support your claim, and answer all your questions.

Do you have a Gainesville employment/civil rights attorney near me?

Our Gainesville employment and civil rights attorneys meet clients at our law office which is located at 600 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 3900. We also conduct phone and video consultations by appointment. We proudly serve clients throughout Georgia, including in Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Marietta, and Savannah.

Get help now. Contact our Gainesville employee and civil rights attorneys to get started

Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP is admired throughout Georgia for our advocacy and dedication to our clients. We’ll calmly and clearly direct you through each phase of your claim. We represent workers who make minimum wage, workers who are C-suite executives and all pay scales in-between. We’ll fight to restore your rights, your finances, and your dignity. To discuss your rights with our Gainesville employment rights and civil rights lawyers, schedule a consultation now. Call or contact us today.