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Employment Law

Employment Disputes

HKW lawyers regularly handle wage and hour (FLSA) disputes and matters involving employment discrimination (including EEOC filings and responses). This includes Title VII race, sex and national origin discrimination matters, sex harassment matters, retaliation discrimination matters, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) matters, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) matters.

Employment Agreements and Noncompetition / Nonsolicitation / Nondisclosure Restrictive Covenants

We also regularly handle employee contracts, including non-compete contracts, and, as is sometimes necessary in this area, file for temporary restraining orders or preliminary injunctions. Our experience is very valuable in the areas of these types of agreements, all of which are subject to complex and sometimes not well known Georgia precedent. We both write and review such agreements.  Click here to read more about the new Georgia’s non-compete law.

Executive Employment Agreements

We often negotiate or provide counsel for executive employment contracts and severance agreements.

Employee Handbooks; Complaint Investigation

We often counsel both employees and employers on pre-employment and post employment issues, including help with drafting employee handbooks, reviewing and drafting employee complaint reporting and response procedures, and investigating individual discrimination complaints.

Stock Option Plans and Agreements; Deferred Compensation

HKW’s lawyers are well-versed in the quickly changing world of equity compensation, including newly revised tax rules governing valuation of options and deferred compensation arrangements.

Workers Compensation Litigation

HKW lawyers handle Georgia Workers’ compensation matters for both employees and employer/insurers, and understand that these matters are best handled cost efficiently and quickly. We are proud that most of our workers’ compensation matters are resolved in less than six (6) months.

Where it is cost effective and warranted, we often take cases to trial before a workers’ compensation Administrative Law Judge, and our clients benefit from the fact that we conduct many such trials every year.