You probably have heard that in Georgia employment is “at will.” That means that neither your employer nor you are bound by any time commitment (if you have no employment contract).  In simple terms, you can quit anytime you choose, and the employer can end your employment anytime, as well.

Even so, federal law has place some limits on the reach of the at-will doctrine.  Employees have certain protections under

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964;
  • the Americans with Disabilities Act;
  • the Age Discrimination in Employment Act;
  • the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act; and
  • the Occupational Safety and Health Act. 

There are other laws, such as

  • the National Labor Relations Act,
  • the  Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and
  • the Fair Labor Standards Act

and even Georgia provisions, such as the Whistleblower Act, that protect certain workers from illegal retaliation.

If you have questions about your work conditions, threats or hostile behavior, or a recent dismissal, call me at The Law Office of John P. Cole, LLC.  Most of these legal protections have strict deadlines for filing a complaint or charge, so do not delay.

For more information, go to www.eeoc.gov, www.dol.gov, and www.osha.gov.

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