The Columbus, Ohio, employment attorneys with The Friedmann Firm fight to ensure employees are treated fairly in the workplace. We concentrate on ensuring employees are paid minimum wage and overtime pay and work to address and prevent unlawful discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Our Columbus employment lawyers also work to ensure that individuals who serve as whistleblowers do not experience retaliation or wrongful termination. We have handled many cases involving the FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act), the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and USERRA, the federal law that protects members of the military from discrimination.
While we keep our main office in Columbus, Ohio, we also have two other locations in Cleveland and Cincinnati. Our employment law attorneys have successfully advised and represented clients in Cleveland, Toledo, Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati and surrounding areas. We handle a very large variety of employment law issues.
You can count on The Friedmann Firm’s Columbus workplace lawyers to address any workplace issues that may arise for you. We take an aggressive approach to ensure that employers do not continue to violate the law.
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LEGAL SERVICES OFFERED BY OUR EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS IN COLUMBUS, OHIO
Based in Columbus, with offices in Cleveland and Cincinnati, employment attorneys at The Friedmann Firm advise and represent workers in all types of legal disputes with employers throughout the state of Ohio.
Our Columbus employment lawyers help individual clients and we also handle collective and class actions for claims like unpaid overtime and unpaid wages.
You can learn even more about our services by clicking on Practice Areas in the menu bar at the top of the page.
DISCRIMINATION AGAINST EMPLOYEES AND JOB APPLICANTS
State and federal laws ban discriminating against workers because of race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, pregnancy, age, religion, or military service. As explained by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), companies and agencies are prohibited from discriminating while making decisions about hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions,layoff, training,benefits and terms and conditions of employment. Call our Columbus employment discrimination attorneys at 614.610.9755 for a free case evaluation.
Three major employment protections exist for workers who suffer from disabilities:
- Employers are required to consider making reasonable accommodations for employees and job
applicants who request them, if the accommodation would not be an “undue burden” upon the
- Employers cannot deny job opportunities to people who they suspect of having a disability,
- Employers cannot discriminate or treat someone badly because they have a disability or the
employer perceives them to have a disability, according to the Americans with Disabilities
Also, while employers are allowed to set physical requirements for a position, those requirements must be clearly related to the actual performance of job-related tasks. For example, an employer cannot make lifting 20 pounds an essential function of a position that involves no lifting, just because it knows a disabled individual in that position cannot lift 20 pounds. Terminated or denied employment due to disability in Ohio? Call our Columbus employment attorneys now.
At The Friedmann Firm, our Columbus employment attorneys work on behalf of employees to secure and enforce compensation packages and severance agreements. We also help employees understand non-compete clauses and nondisclosure agreements that employers insert into employment contracts.
The federal Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963 to ensure that men and women who do essentially the same jobs for the same employer receive the same pay. Nearly 50 years later, companies and agencies continue engaging in sex and gender-based pay discrimination. If you are not being paid equally to workers of the opposite sex in your workplace, call the employment attorneys in Columbus, Ohio.
The FMLA allows employees who have been employed by the same employer for one year or have worked 1,250 hours to request and use up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for their own serious medical condition or to care for a relative that has a serious medical condition. FMLA leave is also available for childbirth and adoption. Additional unpaid leave can be requested for caring for an injured service member returning from military duty.
The term “hostile work environment” is a term that is misunderstood by the vast majority of employees. Most importantly, a hostile work environment MUST be based on a protected class like age, race, gender, sex, religion, disability, military status or national origin.If it is not, it is not a hostile work environment.
The federal Fair Labor Standards Act mandates a minimum wage for hourly employees. That law also makes nearly all hourly employees, including those who accept tips, eligible to earn overtime pay after they work more than 40 hours during a seven-day workweek.
Employers violate wage and overtime rules in many ways, including misclassifying employees as contractors, inflating workers’ titles so they earn salaries instead of hourly pay, improperly calculating tips, and forcing employees to work off the clock under threat of losing their jobs. The knowledgeable labor and employment attorneys at The Friedmann Firm. LLC, practicing in Columbus, Ohio can help you secure the compensation that you have rightfully earned.
Employees have undeniable rights to report discrimination and cooperate with investigations into discrimination or alleged legal and ethical violations. They also have rights to request accommodations, request and use leave, and demand the payment of fair wages and earned overtime.
Employers are not allowed to punish or fire employees for exercising their rights. Common forms of retaliation include reducing pay and benefits, denying promotions, reassigning workers to dangerous or low-status jobs, and firing. If you’ve done the right thing and reported workplace injustices, and an employer has retaliated, contact Columbus retaliation attorney at The Friedmann Firm. LLC for a comprehensive case evaluation.
Quid pro quo sexual harassment involves a manager or supervisor demanding sexual favors in return for continued employment or career opportunities. The other type of sexual harassment involves unwelcome advances, touching, or assault. Obvious displays of pornography and offensive discussions of sex can also be legally actionable.
Generally, to support an employment lawsuit, sexual harassment must be “severe and pervasive.” That is, the behavior must consist of more than gentle teasing, and it must usually occur more than once. Importantly, touching or assault does not need to be proven to support a sexual harassment claim. To speak with an experienced Columbus sexual harassment lawyer, call The Friedmann Firm. LLC at 614.610.9755.
Ohio employment law attorneys at The Friedmann Firm stand up for employees for reporting violations of the law. We take special interest in cases involving the False Claims Act, which prohibits fraud under government contracts.
Employers can wrongfully terminate an employee for discriminatory reasons or in retaliation for engaging in protected activity. Wrongful termination is a term that describes an illegal termination, generally. Since Ohio is an at-will state, you can be terminated for any reason, at any time or for no reason at all. There are several reasons for termination that are not wrongful. The only exceptions to the at-will doctrine are discrimination and retaliation, which constitute wrongful termination. If you have been unfairly fired, get advice from a Columbus employee rights lawyer about your options.
You can consult with a Columbus employment attorney whenever you have a question about your rights and possible mistreatment by an employer. In many cases, the best time to begin partnering with an experienced and empathetic employee rights lawyer is before you make a complaint to human resources or a trusted supervisor.
Speaking with a Columbus employment lawyer before taking any other action will help you understand how to collect and organize evidence, prepare a formal complaint, attempt to protect yourself from retaliation, and escalate issues from your employer to the proper government agency such as the EEOC. Beginning the process with advice and support from a legal advocate can also make it easier to resolve issues before pursuing a lawsuit becomes necessary.
Wherever you live in Ohio, you can schedule a free, confidential consultation with one of our employment attorneys by calling us at 614.610.9755. Our Ohio employment attorneys also take appointments online through this contact form . Even if we cannot take your case, we can answer your questions and steer you toward other resources.
From start to finish, my expectations were met or exceeded by Pete and Rachel at The Friedmann Firm. They made sure I was well informed throughout the course of the process, before and during the trial. Reflecting back, from time to time, it seemed to be an uphill battle that was never going to end or quit pulling on my thoughts, heart and family. On top of that, I had to regroup and start with a new company (same area of business and services). I was wrongfully terminated. The Friedmann Firm was my backbone at my lowest time. After all of this, we went head-to-head with a large company at trial. The Friedmann Firm put all of the facts and timelines together, and uncovered every corned of the case, leaving no stone unturned. Pete was able to pinpoint everything to the jury, without a doubt. Finally, the truth was revealed and it was so refreshing to hear, see and feel the jury return a verdict in our favor. To me, The Friedmann Firm is the total package in terms of professionalism with compassion for others, and a work ethic that is second to none. I just wanted to say thank you.
Early in 2013, I found myself in a very uncomfortable position with my employer. I was told multiple times I didn't have a case & was turned away. When the Friedmann Firm returned my email, Rachel helped me feel comfortable & listened to every detail of my issue. She seemed very compassionate & assured me things were going to be okay. Later on, I met Pete here in Toledo and he was very professional, sharp and well aware of every aspect of my case & how to guide me to making the right decisions. I'm extremely satisfied with choosing the Friedmann Firm.
Rachel helped me through a difficult situation I had with my employer. It was very stressful for me but she kept me informed and did her best to ease my mind. Because of Rachel, I was able to negotiate a settlement that was beneficial to me and allowed me to keep my current position.
Mr. Friedmann has worked with me extensively for several years now. He is very quick to respond to all my questions and concerns. I have faith in his knowledge and I believe he is a valuable asset to have working in your corner. I would recommend Pete for any legal action related to employment law. While the experience can be very stressful, Pete has made sure to be on top of every situation. I appreciate his ability to lead every situation with knowledge, compassion and ethics.
I needed help with a case for unpaid overtime. She always kept me updated about what was happening with my case and resolved it quickly.
If you run into a legal issue, The Friedmann Firm is the firm to turn to. Lots of good qualities but in a nutshell, they are intelligent, very prompt and easy to work with. Definitely recommend.
Rachel helped me with a very difficult employment matter that I thought was nearly impossible. My case was in excellent hands with The Friedmann Firm. They fought for me aggressively. Rachel has top-notch legal and negotiation skills! She went up against one of the largest employment law firms in the country and my result turned out favorable, by far exceeding my expectation. I could go on and on. I HIGHLY recommend Rachel as employment lawyer.
I hired Mr. Friedmann to navigate a very complex legal issue involving my former employer. He remained in touch with me throughout the case, answered all of my questions and aggressively fought for me. I would highly recommend Peter as employment attorney to anyone who has a problem with his or her current or former employer. He is a great lawyer who uses his intellect to obtain great results.
In the middle of a successful career in my field, I was devastated to be abruptly terminated from a senior level position that I loved. After doing some research, I found the Friedmann Firm online and consulted with Peter Friedmann about my situation and he agreed to help me. Peter not only negotiated a better severance package for me but ensured that my words were included as part of the narrative on a successful tenure at my former workplace. Peter Friedmann was responsive, honest about potential outcomes and professional throughout the process and during one of the most difficult career challenges of my life. I am grateful for the representation he provided and would confidently recommend the Friedmann Firm.