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How to Know When You Have A Case: Unfair vs. Illegal

Employment law cases are particularly complex due to the subtleties involved.
There is often a fine line between something that is unfair and something that violates federal or state laws. Employment attorneys spend early consultations with clients determining if a particular situation is illegal or just unfair. Here are some of the most common situations we hear about:


Summary Judgment Orders From June

Butts v. Centimark Corp.; District Judge Cohen and Magistrate Judge Salinas; race discrimination and retaliation; Summary Judgment: Granted. Alexander v. Georgia State...


What to Know About Hostile Work Environments

As more employees return to in-person work and hiring ramps up, it's important for workers to know their rights as well as...


How to Fight Back Against National Origin Discrimination

Any kind of discrimination based on national origin is against the law, whether it is being carried out by a US company...


The Childcare Conundrum: How COVID-19 Continues To Impact Women In The Workplace

As the economy has opened up, more employees have returned to some form of in-person employment, with one exception. Working mothers, who...


Sexual Harassment and the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic may have changed the way we work, but it didn't keep sexual harassment at bay. Even with fewer people...


Women’s Rights and the Laws that Protect Them at Work

We’ve come a long way, baby, from first starting to work outside the home in the 19th century to present-day, when women are running boardrooms and holding some of the highest offices in our country. Along with this progression have come laws to support female advancement in the workforce and pro…


The New FFCRA and What It Means for You

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) received a lot of attention for its third round of stimulus checks. As time has passed, however, it appears the continuation and expansion of emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) and expanded Family and Medical Leave (EFML) might have an even greater impact on some…


Equal Pay Day 2021

How many extra days past year-end does it take a woman to earn what a man did in just 12 months? For the previous year, it was an additional 83 days. Equal Pay Day, the day set aside to raise awareness about the gender pay gap, falls on March 24, 2021. It’s been 24 years since this day was or…


One Year Out: The Pandemic’s Negative Impact on Women in the Workforce

A year into the pandemic and the female workforce is suffering. Women have been leaving the workforce and losing jobs at higher...


Can You Be Fired for Something You Say on Social Media?

Social media can be a great place. You can join broad discussions, you can find humorous content, and you can share your...


Older Workers Continue to Be Protected in Time of COVID

For months, legal experts have been predicting a rash of age discrimination lawsuits stemming from layoffs or firings of older workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. While protected by law against age discrimination, older workers do often face issues in the workplace. Not surprisingly, the pandem…


Can You Be Fired for Your Age?

Barrett & Farahany is honored to announce that one of our founding partners, Amanda Farahany, has been included in the 2021 Georgia Super Lawyers list. This is the eighth consecutive year she has been awarded this honor. Throughout her career, she’s been named to the Top 50 Women in Georgia list …


How Do Wage and Hour Laws Apply to Employees Working From Home?

With the slow pace of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and the emergence of at least three more rapidly spreading variants, remote workforces...


The Democrats Will Control the Senate. What’s Next for Employment Law?

Media outlets across the U.S. have declared Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to be the winners of their respective Georgia Senate races....


An Unprecedented Holiday Party Season

Last year, nearly 76% of companies planned to hold holiday parties. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, only about 23% of...


Can You Get Fired For Being Sick?

Did you know that your employer can fire you for virtually any reason? Most employees who are terminated immediately seek answers as...


What You’re Owed When Leaving a Job

It's been a very interesting year for the job market in Georgia, and you may find yourself considering a change in employment...


Payroll Tax Holiday: Is a Free Hamburger Really Free?

In August, President Trump issued an Executive Order that offers many American taxpayers a financial “hamburger” in the form of a payroll tax holiday. However, despite guidance from the Treasury Department, it remains unclear when Tuesday will come for them and how they will need to pay up when it does.


Evictions Postponed Until End of Year

The Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued an order that temporarily pauses (or stays) evictions until the end of 2020.


Small Business Exemption from FFCRA? Not so Fast!

One of the questions we’re asked most frequently lately is whether small employers can just decide to “opt out” of their obligations to employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Not really.


School is In, But What About Work?

Now that school has resumed for fall, working parents are again having to juggle work, childcare, and schooling. We want to be sure your workplace rights aren’t another source of confusion, so in this blog we revisit the Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA) and boil down some key questions and answers the Department of Labor recently clarified about Extended Family Medical Leave (EFML) related to child care and schooling.


If Called to Military Duty Because of COVID-19, Know Your Employment Rights

American Guardsmen and Reservists have been called to duty to help with a variety of functions related to stemming the tide of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The duties vary by location, but many of you have probably seen military personnel assisting with drive-through COVID-19 testing sites.


More Good News for LGBTQ Community

On August 17, a federal judge in New York ordered the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) not to interfere with anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ patients by pushing forward with rules that the Trump administration wanted to take effect today. The jurist said that the new HHS rules are likely in conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decision that federal law bans workplace bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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