Meet Our Employment Attorneys

Columbus Ohio Employment Attorney

Rachel Sabo Friedmann

Founding Member

Rachel Sabo Friedmann is a Columbus employment attorney licensed to practice in Ohio. She has been admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio and was named one of Columbus CEO magazine’s Top Lawyers of 2015. Rachel has also been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2015-2018, which is a distinction given to fewer than 2% of practicing attorneys.

Columbus Ohio Employment Attorney

Peter Friedmann

Founding Member

Peter Friedmann is a Columbus, Ohio, employment lawyer who is licensed to practice in Ohio, as well as in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Pete as a Columbus employment attorney is hardworking, loyal, family-minded person, has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2016-2019.

Our Practice Areas

Legal Services Offered by our Employment Lawyers in Columbus, Ohio

Based in Columbus, with an office in Cleveland, 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.

 

Disability Discrimination

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
    employer;
  • Employers cannot deny job opportunities to people who they suspect of having a disability,
    and
  • 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
    Act (ADA).

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.

Employers violate eligible workers’ FMLA rights when they refuse to consider and grant valid leave requests, when they deny requests to take intermittent leave, and when they penalize or fire workers for taking FMLA leave. Terminated or discriminated against for exercising your right to family or medical leave? Contact the Columbus employee rights lawyers.

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.

Bullying, generally, is not unlawful. A boss that is mean or does not like you is not illegal.Yelling and cursing is not unlawful. In order for it to be illegal, a hostile work environment MUST be based on one of the protected classes listed above.
Examples of hostile work environment include sexual harassment at work, comments related to a diagnosed disability, etc.

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.