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The Arbitration Angle Arbitrator's Award of Attorney's Fees Affirmed Against Party Seeking Vacatur on Manifest Disregard Grounds

Posted By By Robert N. Dokson, Thursday, March 20, 2014
Fulton County v. Lord

Georgia Court of Appeals, July 8, 2013; A13A0694; A13A0695; 13 FCDR 2288,

This case involves a grievance filed against the county under its civil service policy by county law clerks claiming they were unfairly paid less than staff attorneys in the county attorney's office, despite performing similar work. The county board of commissioners had adopted a job pay and classification system. The system rated judicial law clerks & county attorney staff attorneys at identical classification and pay grades. During various periods of time staff attorneys received higher pay via additional 'premium pay' and through an additional pay schedule. The pay differential between the two groups was approximately 36%. The law clerks filed a group pay grievance claiming they were not receiving equal pay for equal work. The grievance claim was denied and that denial was upheld by the county manager.

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