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Protect Your Rights Georgia Government Agencies

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Please select a topic below to jump directly to the corresponding agency:

1. Discrimination/Harassment

2. Safety & Health

3. Unemployment Insurance

4. Wage and Hour/Labor Standards Violations

5. Workers' Compensation

1. Discrimination/Harassment

For more information about filing a discrimination or harassment claim in Georgia, see our page on filing a discrimination complaint: Georgia

Discrimination/Harassment - State Agency

Georgia has no state agency that enforces anti-discrimination laws for private sector (non-government) employees; see the local EEOC office below.

Discrimination/Harassment - Local Offices of Federal Agency (EEOC)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Atlanta District Office

Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center
100 Alabama Street, SW
Suite 4R30
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Phone: 1-800-669-4000
TTY: 1-800-669-6820
Fax: 404-562-6909

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Savannah Local Office

7391 Hodgson Memorial Drive
Suite 200
Savannah, GA 31406-2579
Phone: 1-800-669-4000
TTY: 1-800-669-6820
Fax: 912-920-4484

For more information about this agency, see the EEOC section of our page on federal agencies

2. Safety & Health (workplace health & safety complaints and information)

Safety & Health - Local Office of Federal Agency (OSHA)

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
Atlanta East Area Office

LaVista Perimeter Office Park
2183 N. Lake Parkway, Building 7
Suite 110
Tucker, Georgia 30084-4154
Phone: (770) 493-6644
Fax: (770) 493-7725

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
Atlanta West Area Office

The Meridian
1995 North Park Place S.E.
Suite 525
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: (678) 903-7301
Fax: (770) 984-8855

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
Savannah Area Office

450 Mall Boulevard, Suite J
Savannah, Georgia 31406
Phone: (912) 652-4393
Fax: (912) 652-4329

For more information about this agency, see the OSHA section of our page on federal agencies

3. Unemployment Insurance

Georgia Department of Labor
Unemployment Insurance Division

Phone: (404) 656-3045 (claims)
E-Mail: uipolicy@dol.state.ga.us
Web Address: http://www.dol.state.ga.us/js/

UI Frequently Asked Questions
Claimant Information

4. Wage and Hour/Labor Standards Violations

Does Georgia have state overtime laws that are different from federal law?
Georgia does not have overtime laws that are different from federal law. Additional information on federal overtime law is available at our overtime page.

Does Georgia have a minimum wage that is different from federal law?
The current minimum wage in Georgia is $5.15 per hour, and applies to employees not covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Otherwise, Georgia's minimum wage payment is equal to the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

Does Georgia have meal and rest break requirements, unlike federal law?
Georgia does not have any meal or rest break requirements.

What are my time deadlines?
There are strict time limits in which minimum wage claims must be filed. You must file within three years from the date that the claim arose. As you might have other legal claims with shorter deadlines, do not wait to file your claim until your time limit is close to expiring.

How can I or my attorney pursue a claim in court in Georgia?
In Georgia, an employee can file a private lawsuit if he or she is paid less than the minimum wage to recover past compensation, liquidated damages, attorney's fees and costs.

State Labor Agency
Georgia has no state agency that enforces wage and hour laws; see the local DOL offices below.

Atlanta District Office
US Dept. of Labor
Wage and Hour Division

61 Forsyth Street, SW
Room 7M10
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (678) 237-0521

Atlanta North Area Office
Harris Tower
233 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 650
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 593-1889

Savannah Area Office
US Dept. of Labor
Wage and Hour Division

124 Barnard Street, Suite B-210
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: (912) 652-4221
Fax: (912) 652-4992

This material was originally prepared by attorney Joseph Jaramillo and former law clerks Keia Cole and Adam Weiss of the law firm Goldstein, Demchak Baller Borgen and Dardarian, and was updated by Professor Douglas D. Scherer, of Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. Professor Scherer also serves as the Vice President of Workplace Fairness.

5. Workers' Compensation (for job-related injuries or illness)

Georgia Board of Workers' Compensation
270 Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303-1205
Phone: (404) 656-3875
Toll-Free: (800) 533-0682
Web Address: http://sbwc.georgia.gov/portal/site/SBWC/

Agency Information/Mission: Established in 1920 by the Georgia Legislature, the State Board of Workers' Compensation serves over 187,000 employers and 4,088,008 employees. The State Board of Workers' Compensation is funded by assessments from insurance companies and self-insured employers. An employee injured on the job, covered by the law, may become eligible for replacement of a portion of lost wages, medical payments, vocational rehabilitation services, and other benefits.

Employee Handbook
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers About Georgia's Workers' Compensation Law
Forms