Georgia is an at-will employment state, which means that employers have the power to dismiss their workers at any time, for any reason, as long as they do not violate any statutory protections. Statutory protections must be set by the legislation and include protections such as federal anti-discrimination laws as well as protection against retaliation from employers to employees who blow the whistle on potentially illegal activities.
However, the legislation in Georgia commonly referred to as the whistleblower act only provides umbrella protections to public employees. Private employees also have a comprehensive set of whistleblower protection rights, although they are granted by individual pieces of legislations that set out the laws alleged to be broken.
For example, there are laws that prevent employees from retaliation after allegations of sex discrimination whether they are private or public employees. That language can be found in the laws that make sex discrimination illegal.
An experienced attorney can help anyone who was retaliated against for revealing illegal or unethical practices on part of their employer.