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Employer Liability: Georgia

Employer Liability requirements for other states

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Author: C. R. Wright, Fisher Phillips

Summary

  • Georgia provides whistleblower protection for public employees who make a report to a supervisor or government agency concerning fraud, waste or abuse relating to any state program or operation. See Whistleblower Protection.

Whistleblower Protection

Georgia law prohibits retaliation against a state employee because of making a complaint or disclosing information about fraud, waste or abuse in connection with a state program or operation. +O.C.G.A. § 45-1-4. The protection may extend to employees of counties or municipalities receiving funds from the state, but only if the entity falls within the definition of "public employer". North Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency v. Weaver, +272 Ga. 289 (2000) ("the statute does not apply to persons who work in the governor's office, the General Assembly, the judicial branch of state government, or any local unit of government").

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