Employment Litigation

Copeland, Stair, Valz & Lovell attorneys actively litigate and advise clients regarding state and federal employment law issues, including employment “at will”, defamation, emotional distress, invasion of privacy, hiring, discipline, promotion, termination, discrimination, leave entitlements, workplace violence, sexual harassment, unemployment compensation, wage and hour issues, promotional opportunities, disability, accommodations, drugs and alcohol.

We also represent our public sector and private sector clients in all phases of employment discrimination claims including, state and local agency investigations and discrimination lawsuits on the basis of race, age, religion, national origin, disability and ancestry. We offer advice on employment contracts, employee handbooks and policies, hiring processes, training and evaluations, disciplinary actions and terminations as well as such matters as drug testing and employee background checks. In today’s environment where prevention of all forms of discrimination and harassment is emphasized, our lawyers will review relevant personnel policies and practices on behalf of our clients such as employee handbooks, disciplinary policies, grievance programs and termination procedures.

Copeland Stair’s attorneys will make recommendations designed to correct potential trouble spots. When requested, we will assist with company and personnel training, and we will work with you to implement our recommendations for a workplace with fewer liabilities.

Our attorneys are experienced in federal employment law, including:

Title VII
Americans with Disabilities Act
Family Medical Leave Act
Age Discrimination in Employment Act

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David F. Root

Practice Group Chair

Dave Root specializes in civil defense litigation. He has tried numerous civil cases throughout Georgia covering a variety of subject areas, including general liability, trucking, construction, and employment. Dave is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), an invitation only organization of preeminent trial lawyers limited to 1% of the lawyers in…