I stated as an order filler at Wal-Mart Distribution in Feb 2002 I was excited to have the opportunity as I had a felony on my record from a mistake I made as a 17 yr old. I HAVE NOT been in trouble since! I worked my way up through the company to a management position, however in April 2012 I was fired along with another manager in my department (he had 15 yrs.) with the company. After 11 years of working 12 to 18 hr days never calling in and missing half of my children's life .. I have to start over. I understand GA is a "right to fire"state" but I was fired and labeled non rehirable because I was fired for integrity. Since the operations manager and HR manager who fired us was also fired. I went through all the steps contacting corporate, lawyers, no one will hear me. Please help!
You are doing to right thing by contacting lawyers. You should search Avvo's "find a lawyer" for a list of employment lawyers in your state, and call a few until you find one that you are comfortable with.
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You need to speak with an employment law specialist. Posting your case here is a good start, but Avvo's resources also include a find a lawyer function, which will allow you to review the qualifications of the lawyers listed on Avvo, their reputation in the community and reviews from clients. The listings also include phone numbers and, usually, email contact information. Interview a few folks over the phone and see if you can set up an appointment. Good luck with the search!
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Unfortunately, your situation is all too common, particularly at places like Walmart. As my firm handles employment matters, I will try to give you some general information that may help you when you contact an attorney.
As a general rule, there is no claim in Georgia for "wrongful termination." Your only real remedy is to pursue a claim under Federal anti-discrimination or retaliation laws. To do so, you must first file an EEOC Charge of Discrimination within 180 days, measured from the earliest time you became aware of the discrimination (this may be your termination date, but not always).
To prevail in a discrimination claim, you would have to demonstrate that: (1) you are a member of a protected class (sex, race, national origin, age, etc.), (2) you suffered an adverse employment action (termination); and (3) you were either replaced by someone outside your protected class or you were disciplined more severely than a similarily situated employee who committed the same misconduct. You employer would "rebut" your evidence with their reasons for terminating you. You would then have to show "pretext;" that is, that the reason they offered was not the real reason for your termination. The real reason was discrimination and/or retaliation.
It is not enough to claim you were unfairly treated. You actually have to establish discrimination through direct or strong circumstantial evidence. Employment discrimination cases are very difficult, especially in Georgia as the Federal judges who hear these cases tend to be very pro-employer.
I hope this helps give you some direction. Be sure to contact the EEOC and/or a lawyer specializing in employment matters right away.
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