Georgia Employment, Education, Civil Rights, Injury And Wrongful Death Lawyers

Williams Oinonen LLC helps protect the rights of our clients who have been injured or harmed due to a wrong or injustice. We specialize in employment law, education, civil rights, business disputes, injury & wrongful death. We fight to protect our clients' best interests and help them obtain the justice they deserve. Williams Oinonen LLC cares about each of our clients. The respect and aggressive advocacy we provide reflects the commitment we bring to winning their case.

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Williams Oinonen LLC client, Project South, is representing a whistleblower who received allegations of abusive practices at the Irwin County Detention Center that violate the human rights of these immigrant women. Project South’s staff attorney Project South’s Priyanka Bhatt remarked that: “For years, advocates in Georgia have raised red flags about the human rights violations occurring inside the Irwin County Detention Center. Ms. Wooten’s whistleblowing disclosures confirm what detained immigrants have been reporting for years: gross disregard for health and safety standards, lack of medical care, and unsanitary living conditions at Irwin….We call on DHS to conduct an investigation into the Irwin County Detention Center in order to protect the health and safety of the detained immigrants and the workers there.”

Williams Oinonen LLC is proud to represent human rights organizations that promote movement building like Project South. Project South is rooted in the legacy of the Southern Freedom Movement, and has a mission of cultivating strong social movements in the South powerful enough to contend with some of the most pressing and complicated social, economic, and political problems we face today. For more information on our client’s important work, see here.

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Williams Oinonen LLC attorneys are proud members (and on the Board) of the National Employment Lawyers Association of Georgia, a civil rights organization made up of lawyers who represent employees. We stand behind the following statement of our organization and likewise “condemn the racist system that continues to devalue the lives of Black Americans. Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd are sadly only the latest victims. Their murders, like the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955, has again brought nationwide and worldwide attention to the racial violence and injustice still so prevalent in America. We mourn the losses of these individuals’ lives and stand in solidarity with those seeking to hold the murderers accountable. Georgia’s capital, Atlanta, has long been uniquely poised to champion these rights, as the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and mecca of the modern civil rights movement. BLACK LIVES MATTER!

As employment lawyers [and civil rights lawyers] on the side of the employee, we fight to remain vigilant in the face of a judicial system that too often ignores the realities of the world we live in and the racial divide that still exists in our society today. We fight to prevent the watering down of laws that were meant to ensure justice and equal rights to all. We do not become complacent or desensitized to the world around us. We cry when our clients are denied the right to have their voices heard by a jury of their peers. We mourn every judicial decision that silently strips away the equal rights that were so hard fought by so many who have died. But we continue to fight the good fight. We call on you to get involved however possible to support an America that equally values all of its citizens. Whether that is attending a protest, writing a letter, running for office, taking out your cell phone camera or other recording device when you see/hear instances of racial wrongdoing, or discussing these issues with your friends, we encourage you to stay strong in the fight for social justice and against racial oppression.”

For more information on NELA-Ga, go to www.nela-ga.org

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Attorney Esther Moody Graff Radford, Of Counsel with Williams Oinonen LLC was featured in this recent issue of the Atlanta Business Chronicle Executive Profile.

When asked, “What’s the most rewarding part of your job?” Ms. Graff-Radford was quoted: “My favorite moment is when I connect with a new client and see the change in their demeanor and stress level when they realize they have someone in their corner. It doesn’t matter if it’s just an hour consultation or a years-long case; I love making sure my clients understand their matter and that they know they have an advocate. We can crack jokes about people saying, ‘Call my lawyer.’ But when you’ve been bullied by someone more powerful, or you feel forgotten in an immigration prison, that sentence is life-affirming. It means, ‘Call my teammate. Call the person who has committed to put my interests first and protect my rights and amplify my voice.’ My second favorite moment is winning justice or compensation for someone who has been wronged. It’s a sacred trust to have earned the right be someone’s lawyer; it will never get old.”

Ms. Graff-Radford handles employment, whistleblower, discrimination, civil rights, and injury cases with Williams Oinonen LLC. She also has a thriving landlord and tenant practice and provides pro bono legal services to undocumented immigrants seeking asylum.

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For a sixth year in a row, Julie Oinonen and Mario Williams were recognized as Honorees for their work in the legal community this 2020 year.
Up to 5 percent of the lawyers in a state are named to Super Lawyers and no more than 2.5 percent in the state of Georgia are named to Rising Stars.

If you are in need for a lawyer for wrongful death, serious injury, civil rights, employment, education or business disputes, contact our firm at 404-654-0288.

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This is not the first sexual harassment lawsuit against Paul Howard filed by Williams Oinonen LLC. A previous one was filed just a few months ago which can be read here.

If you are a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, do not hesitate to contact our law firm at 404-654-0288.

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Julie Oinonen, Managing Partner at Williams Oinonen LLC has been elected to the Emory University School of Law Alumni Board. The Emory Law Dean’s Advisory Board and the Emory Law Alumni Board, representing a diverse range of perspectives and geography, are appointed and work together to advise the dean and senior staff on the interests of the Emory Law community. The Advisory Board concentrates primarily on fiscal and operational strategic planning, and the Alumni Board focuses on strategic planning for alumni engagement. These volunteer leaders help to keep the law school apprised of and responsive to the current state of the legal profession and the concerns and needs of our alumni.

Williams Oinonen LLC is proud to support and hire Emory University School of Law students and alumni over the years. For further information on the many ways that you can be involved as an alumni at Emory University School of Law, click here.

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The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority (FDHA) awarded Clarkston Councilman and Williams Oinonen LLC partner, Mario Williams with the Lew Horne Social Justice Champion Award during the organization’s 8th Annual Healthcare Champions awards ceremony.

Mr. Williams was recognized for his commitment to advocating for responsible policies and legislation to improve the lives of under served populations. A special video honoring Mario’s lifetime achievement of work committed to social justice was shown during the award ceremony and can be shown here:

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Williams Oinonen LLC brought an EEOC charge against Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard on behalf of an HR Director who is alleging sexual harassment.

The AJC reported on the EEOC complaint brought by Williams Oinonen LLC’s client, a former HR administrator who is suing Paul Howard, the Fulton County District Attorney for her sexual harassment. The story can be read here.

Sexual harassment is prohibited by law and it is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and to labor organizations, as well as to the federal government.

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Williams Oinonen LLC files a race discrimination lawsuit on behalf of African American CNN employee who alleged that his executive threatened to kill him over his race discrimination lawsuit.

The AJC wrote about the story which can be read here. Other news media sources also wrote about the story which can be read here as well as here.

Soon after, CNN terminated Mr. Walker which was written about here.

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“I’ve been contacted by a PSC investigator who wants me to give him a response by a certain deadline, what do I do?” This is a question we hear from administrators, teachers, and other education professionals all over Georgia on a frequent basis.

Recently, Williams Oinonen LLC represented a teacher facing a revocation of her teaching certificate. The Georgia Professional Standards Commission recommended that the teacher’s certificate be entirely revoked. The Professional Standards Commission was represented by the Attorney General for the State of Georgia and the teacher was represented by Ms. Oinonen. The Judge’s case decision which came out today rejected the recommendation of the PSC to revoke the educator’s certificate and modified it to only give the educator a warning.

When an educator calls to ask: “I’ve been contacted by a PSC investigator who wants me to give him a response by a certain deadline, what do I do?” Ms. Oinonen always recommends educators that they absolutely should not go it alone. Years ago, PSC investigators were made up of former educators. Now, most educators are former law enforcement, former Secret Service, former GBI, or former deputy sheriffs. As a result, calling them really can be like talking to the police when you are accused of a crime, meaning anything you say can be used against you. Ms. Oinonen states: “When facing a PSC charge, educators should not contact the PSC without assistance of legal counsel. Too much is at stake for an educator. Literally what is at stake is your ability to maintain gainful employment by keeping your educator’s license/certification. Thus, it is imperative that you have an attorney who can communicate on your behalf and advise you appropriately in order to help protect your rights.”

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