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December 14, 2016 | What is Employment Retaliation?

First and foremost, employment retaliation is illegal under federal and Ohio laws. It happens when an employer penalizes an employee for engaging in “protected activity” such as: reporting unlawful conduct, opposing unlawful conduct, or participating in an investigation into reports of unlawful mistreatment. The law also prohibits retaliation against whistle blowers who go to the

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November 7, 2016 | What Does It Mean to Be Exempt From FLSA?

Being “exempt from the FLSA” means that an employee is not legally entitled to overtime pay, no matter how many hours he or she works. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets the laws for which workers qualify for extra hourly pay once they have worked 40 hours during a workweek. The FLSA laws

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October 21, 2016 | What Behaviors that Contribute to a Hostile Work Environment

A hostile work environment exists when severe or persistent harassment, discrimination, or intimidation makes a person unable to do his or her job. What Are My Legal Options if I’m in a Hostile Work Environment in Ohio? What behaviors are considered criteria for a hostile work environment? That definition pulls in elements from fact sheets

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October 10, 2016 | What Constitutes a Wrongful Termination?

“Wrongful termination” is the legal term for an illegal firing. An employer must have a legally defensible reason for ending a worker’s employment. This means, for instance, that a company cannot just say a person failed to meet performance standards; rather, evidence of substandard performance must exist. Lawyers and judges call an unverifiable explanation for

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October 7, 2016 | The Different Types of Discrimination That Happen in the Workplace

Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlaws many forms of discrimination in hiring and employment. Since that law took effect, lawmakers in Washington, DC, and Columbus, OH, have expanded protections against getting skipped over for job interviews, raises, and promotions. State and federal anti-discrimination laws can also prevent employers from firing

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