Kira  Fonteneau

Barrett & Farahany - Birmingham
Barrett & Farahany - Birmingham
2 20th St North Ste 900, Birmingham, AL 35203

Partner and Managing Lead Attorney of the Alabama Trial Practice Group at Barrett & Farahany


Kira Fonteneau is a partner and the managing attorney of the Alabama trial group of Barrett & Farahany. Kira chose to specialize in employment law because she wanted to help employees take back power. She loves disproving the notion that employers can do whatever they want and not suffer the consequences.


As someone who was once mistreated at work, Kira can empathize with her clients. She understands all the ways an employer's conduct can harm a worker and is ready to zealously seek justice on her clients' behalf.


Before founding the Fonteneau Firm, Kira served as the first public defender of Jefferson County in Alabama. She has been an employee advocate for over a dozen years, in positions both before and after her tenure as public defender. Upon graduation from the University of Georgia School of Law, Kira spent a year and a half representing employers in discrimination cases and gained valuable knowledge of the other side of employment law. She is licensed to practice in Alabama, Georgia, and Virginia.


Prior to attending law school, Kira double majored in government and African American studies at the University of Virginia. She was born in Detroit, but also spent some of her growing up years in Hawaii and Virginia.


Kira has received several awards and distinctions for her excellent work on behalf of employees. She has been named a SuperLawyer of the MidSouth and received the highest recognition (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell for her professional excellence and high skill level. She was named to the University of Georgia's prestigious Top 40 under 40 list, which recognizes graduates who have achieved great personal, professional, and philanthropic success under the age of 40.


Kira is a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Alabama State Bar, a board member of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, and president of the ACLU Alabama. She is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, and Alabama Association for Justice.


At least 33 percent of your day is spent at your workplace. You deserve to work at a company that recognizes your accomplishments, is respectful of your legal rights, and pays you what you've earned and what you're worth.

Too often, employers are so concerned with their bottom line that they fail to adhere to employee rights and employment laws that protect the American worker. In turn, your career and your financial security can suffer today and for years to come. If you are an employee who has been treated unfairly by your employer and have had a violation of your employee rights, contact the Atlanta employee rights attorney at Barrett & Farahany as soon as possible for legal advice on employee rights and to help you secure your job and any compensation that you may be owed.

What are Laws that Protect the Employee Rights of Workers in Georgia?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938

The Equal Pay Act

Americans With Disabilities Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

There are other federal and state laws that may protect employee rights in the workplace in certain industries. Even then, these are only some of the laws that help protect employee rights in Georgia and throughout the country.


Barrett & Farahany is a labor attorney in Atlanta Georgia who has fought for the rights of employees in numerous employment cases from termination for illegal reasons to unpaid overtime. We have helped workers who have been denied employment because of their race, age, gender, religion, national origin, pregnancy, or disability. We have helped female employees who have lost their jobs because they are expecting or have had a baby. We know the impact of illegal treatment at work; it can negatively affect an employee's finances, health, and career, and we are dedicated to protecting employees from this.

We are proud to provide extensive experience in a comprehensive range of employee rights and employment law matters, such as:

Executive Compensation

Discrimination based on race, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin, or pregnancy

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Hostile Work Environment based on race, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin, or pregnancy 


Retaliation based on race, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin, pregnancy, or other reason prohibited by law

Sexual Harassment

Wrongful Termination based on race, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin, pregnancy, or other reason prohibited by law

From unlawful termination lawsuits to discrimination claims to compensation cases, our employment lawyers in Atlanta have successfully fought to protect the rights of Georgia workers. We know the hardships you face because of someone else's actions at work and you deserve to be treated equally, fairly and respectfully by your employer. We are on the side of the American worker, and in fact, we achieved the largest verdict in the nation in favor of a plaintiff who was denied rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).


Reach out to our team of labor attorneys if you feel you have been refused a job or promotion, denied benefits, terminated, or demoted because of the reasons listed above, or if you are enduring an illegal hostile work environment that is affecting your career and your well-being. We can help you determine if your employment rights have been violated, gather evidence for your case, and if representing you, file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Ultimately, we can represent you against your employer or potential employer in a court of law if necessary.

If you are a worker, remember that Federal laws are in place to protect your employee rights in the workplace. Don't let your employer deny you your employee rights or refuse to pay you the compensation you've worked so hard to achieve.

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