We all know intuitively that businesses could not function without their employees. But being an employer means being subject to numerous laws and obligations that have little, if anything, to do with the services you provide or the products you sell. And in today’s legal climate, a business is just as likely to find itself defending a suit brought by a former employee as it is a suit brought by a former patient, client, or customer. In fact, employment discrimination suits were the single most frequently filed category of suits in U.S. District Courts in the late 1990s and early 2000s. While those numbers have dropped in more recent years, it remains imperative for employers to have good advisors who can help them minimize risk and good advocates who can defend them if a suit is filed.
The Weathington Firm has attorneys with extensive experience defending employers against a wide array of lawsuits brought by current and former employees, including:
- Race, color, national origin, sex, and religious discrimination claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981 and 1983, and the Equal Pay Act
- Disability discrimination suits brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Age discrimination suits brought under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act
- Intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent hiring and retention, and other causes of action arising under Georgia common law
- Breach of written employment contract
Those same attorneys stand ready to consult and collaborate proactively with employers on employee issues in order to reduce potential liability and hopefully prevent those issues from becoming lawsuits.