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Williams Oinonen LLC had the privilege of representing Dr. Lana Foster in several race discrimination and employment matters. Her case was settled with the EEOC and in addition to the monetary settlement, requires her former employer to establish a recruitment plan for increasing the number of qualified Black applicants, to create a hiring and recruitment procedure that will incorporate nondiscriminatory hiring practices, and to institute professional training relating to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Said Dr. Foster: “I couldn’t let a day go by without thanking God for what you have done for my family and me! Thank you for giving me the best gifts ever–my name back, my livelihood, my self respect, the five lawsuit wins, and my life along with a bonus price tag. No amount of money could ever replace what you have done for me! For your brilliant attorney skills, services, dedictation I am forever grateful and in debt! Thank you for believing in me and fighting my battle! My prayer for you is for God to continually “Bless” you and your family forever. Thank you for being my lawyer as well as my friend! Please let your husband know he has a true “Gem diamond” that God has truly blessed this world with and that is YOU! Forever Grateful, Lana Foster.”

For more information on the lawsuit, see here. If you have been subject to race discrimination, do not hesitate to contact our law firm today at 404-654-0288.

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A long, hard battle to protect the rights of an educator falsely charged with wrongdoing at Clayton County Schools paid off when the tribunal voted to reject the recomendation of the Superintendent’s adverse action against a young teacher who was doing his best to do his job ethically and competently in the face of adversity.

Williams Oinonen LLC is proud to represent hard working educators all around South Georgia, North Georgia and in between. We especially consider it a privilege to represent Georgia Association of Educators members as well as an attorney affiliate. Stated the educator in response to his victory: “Wow!!! You are totally amazing!!! Thank you so much for all of your hard work and expertise.”

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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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Georgia Education Attorney wins a recent State Board of Education decision for an educator. Said Ms. Tonya Angeli, a local educator in Polk County Schools North Georgia: “I was truly honored to have you represent me and speak on my behalf, you were amazing! I couldn’t have asked for a better person. I’m honored to know you. This world needs more women and people like you. Thank you for caring so much about my family and me.”

Sboe Decision-case No. 2020-23 Ada by Julie Oinonen-Williams on Scribd

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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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Williams Oinonen LLC is proud to announce that Esther Moody Graff Radford was named a Rising Star, an award by Super Lawyers that recognized her as an Honoree for her 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.

Esther Moody Graff-Radford, works in all areas of Williams Oinonen LLC’s civil litigation practice. Ms. Graff-Radford received her law degree from Emory University School of Law, where she graduated 7th in her class and served as Clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for the late Judge William C. O’Kelley. Ms. Graff-Radford is admitted to all Georgia courts, the Northern District of Georgia and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. One of my Ms. Graff-Radford’s favorite practice areas include assisting those with landlord-tenant justice needs and she is also passionate in pro bono representation of detained asylum-seekers.

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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district-attorney-300x132Another suit was filed by Williams Oinonen LLC against Paul Howard District Attorney for sexual harassment. More about the suit can be read here .

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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“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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Williams Oinonen LLC partner Mario Williams obtained a $285,000 settlement on behalf of our client Governor Henderson in a gender discrimination case against District Attorney Paul Howard. It was featured on the Daily Report front page today which can be read here.

The plaintiff in this case, former District Attorney Governor Henderson claimed he was told “the position would only be filled by a woman because some jobs are not for certain people.”

Williams Oinonen LLC is proud to represent victim of wrongful death, serious injury, employment discrimination and civil rights claims. For more information contact 404-654-0288

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Mario Williams, partner at Williams Oinonen LLC, filed a class action race discrimination case against Atlanta Police Department. The Daily Report featured a front page article which can be read here.

The temporary restraint order motion and lawsuit names the city of Atlanta and its Police Chief as defendants. Chief Judge Thomas Thrash Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia is assigned to the case.

The lawsuit challenges a promotion policy that allegedly requires the police department allegedly requires that the vacant post be filled by a candidate of the same race, the TRO motion contends.

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