Georgia - Workers’ Rights

Definition of agricultural worker under state law:

Georgia does not have a definition of agricultural workers under state law for the purposes of wage and overtime laws.

Courts have interpreted the term “farm laborers,” as used in the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act, to mean laborers who are employed in or about the business of farming, and the word “farming,” in its ordinary sense, signifies a cultivation of land for the production of agricultural crops. (Utica Mut. Ins. Co. v. Winters, 77 Ga. App. 550, 553 (1948).

Wages and Overtime

Minimum Wage


Georgia does not have a state law regarding overtime pay.

State Enforcement Agency

Georgia Department of Labor – will refer complaints to the DOL, Wage and Hour Division. Workers covered by the state minimum wage law may bring civil action in state court to recover wages, liquidated damages, costs and attorney fees. (O.C.G.A. § 34-4-6)


Occupational Safety and Health

Workers’ Compensation

State Enforcement Agency:
State Board of Workers’ Compensation

Relevant Forms:

Field Sanitation

Federal Enforcement Agency:
US DOL OSHA – Georgia Offices


Pesticide Safety

State Enforcement Agency:
Georgia Department of Agriculture 


Georgia Department of Health – Chemical Hazards Division (for reporting poisoning)


Right to Join Unions and Collective Bargaining in Agriculture

State Legal Services Organizations

Georgia Legal Services Program, Farmworker Rights Division