Q. Every time we turn around, a certain employee is having his wages garnished. We’re sick and tired of the added paperwork and are ready to terminate his employment. Is this a valid reason?
A. Under Georgia law, employees may not be involuntarily terminated based solely on a single garnishment of their wages. This protection is expressly for a single garnishment, however, and does not extend to multiple garnishments. The federal Consumer Credit Protection Act contains a similar prohibition. Note that federal law also prohibits discharging or otherwise discriminating against an employee for having filed a bankruptcy petition.
If in doubt, contact your company’s counsel before terminating the employee.