What Does ‘Retaliation’ Mean in a Workplace Setting?

November 12, 2020
By Peter Friedmann
Workplace retaliation occurs when a manager or supervisor punishes, mistreats, or fires an employee specifically because the person engaged in what is called a “protected activity”. Federal and state laws define what “protected activity” is.  Some examples include, but are not limited to: Reporting discrimination, harassment, or retaliation; Cooperating with an investigation into a report of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation; Refusing to follow policies or orders that result in discrimination; Refusing demands for sexual favors, dates or sex in order...

Can I Quit My Job if I Signed an Employment Contract?

October 15, 2020
By Peter Friedmann
Yes. You have an undeniable right to quit your job at any time for any reason. No one can force you to work against your will.  However, your contract likely dictates whether you need to give notice to your employer before resigning, along with describing what occurs if you fail to give adequate notice as defined by your employment contract. You must understand that quitting can have consequences. Ohio law allows employers to fully enforce the terms of employment contracts...

Is It Legal to Discriminate Against LGBTQ Workers in Ohio

September 25, 2020
By Peter Friedmann
No. The Supreme Court recently ruled that LGBTQ workers are protected against employment discrimination by federal and state law. Pursuant to Title VII and R.C. 4112, private companies, temp agencies, public sector organizations, and labor unions cannot refuse to interview, hire, or promote individuals just because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Employers are also prohibited from mistreating or allowing the mistreatment of LGBT workers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. When LGBT employees report discrimination or...

Discrimination Against Older Workers in The Workplace Ohio

September 10, 2020
By Peter Friedmann
How Employment Lawyers Protect Workers Against Age Discrimination in Ohio Both federal and Ohio law prohibit employers from discriminating against employees and job applicants who are 40 years old or older. Both the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and Ohio’s laws prohibiting discrimination apply to all aspects of employment, from job applications and interviews to pay, promotions, and layoffs/termination. At the same time, employers have the right to decide whom to hire, reward with a promotion or raise,...

How Long Does a Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Take in Ohio?

August 17, 2020
By Peter Friedmann
Despite our years of experience advising and representing clients in wrongful termination cases all across Ohio, we cannot give a precise answer to one of the most frequently asked questions. A defendant employer and our client might agree to settle all claims quickly. Alternatively, the company or agency could force the case into arbitration if the employee is subject to an arbitration agreement or insist on a trial. We cannot guarantee any particular outcome and cannot predict how long it...
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