Georgia Employee Benefit Litigation
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, commonly known as ERISA, is intended, inter alia, to protect the interests of participants in employee benefit plans and their beneficiaries, by establishing standards of conduct, responsibility, and obligation for fiduciaries of employee benefit plans. ERISA covers two general types of employee benefit plans, "welfare" employee benefit plans and "pension" employee benefit plans, under the overall rubric of employee "benefit" plan. These terms are defined very broadly, to include virtually all employee benefit plans maintained by an employer or an employee organization, intended to provide medical, accident, disability, death, unemployment, vacation, or retirement benefits, and certain other specified types of benefits.
Additionally, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAA), and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ban discrimination against protected groups in compensation and terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. The Equal Pay Act (EPA) prohibits sex-based wage discrimination. These laws require that all employee benefits be provided in a non-discriminatory manner unless a statutory exception provides otherwise.
If you are a plan participant or beneficiary and believe that you have an employee benefit-related claim or claim under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”), you must act quickly to preserve your rights. I represent individual employees, participants, or beneficiaries in appeals and litigation against employee benefit plans and funds in disputes over benefit claims, including disputes over eligibility for benefits and amounts of benefits under all types of retirement plans and in benefit disputes with regard to health, severance, disability, vacation pay, and all other benefit claims. I handle claim appeals, mediation, arbitration, and Georgia employee benefits litigation in all legal forums and at all levels of court.
If your insurance benefits or retirement plan payments have been denied, discontinued, delayed or reduced, it is critical that you speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact me for a free consultation.