Minimum wage violations. An employer that fails to pay an employee the appropriate minimum wage at any time within the last 3 years may have to pay the difference between the amount paid and the applicable minimum wage, an additional amount equal to the original claim, costs, and reasonable attorney's fees (GA Code Sec. 34-4-6).
Wage discrimination on the basis of sex. It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee, solely on the basis of gender, by paying that employee less than an employee of the opposite sex. In a civil action, the employer may have to pay the unpaid wages and costs and a reasonable attorney's fee of up to 25 percent of the judgment. A fine of up to $100 also applies if an employee is discharged or discriminated against for making a wage discrimination complaint, causing such a proceeding, or testifying in such a proceeding (GA Code Sec. 34-5-5).