Areas of expertise

Employment Law

Whether you employ 10 employees or 1,000, your company needs strategic labor and employment advice and human resources consultation that you can rely on.

The attorneys in our Employment group have a breadth and depth of expertise that you should expect in choosing employment counsel to represent your business. Whether your company has questions about day-to-day human resources issues, needs accurate and strategic employment-related business advice, or needs employment litigation defense, we can help.

Our employment attorneys have experience in
the following areas, among others:

  • State and federal claims of employment discrimination and retaliation under the Ohio Civil Rights Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Sexual harassment claims
  • Conducting training in the workplace on a variety of HR issues including sexual harassment
  • Retaliatory and wrongful discharge
  • State and federal wage and hour compliance
  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) compliance
  • Employee leave and reasonable accommodation of disabilities in the workplace
  • Hiring and firing
  • Background checks
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) compliance
  • Workers’ Compensation defense
  • Unemployment compensation defense
  • Safety and health violations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
  • Contract disputes
  • Drafting and enforcement of employment-related restrictive covenants (including non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements)
  • Employment agreements, including executive compensation
  • Workforce reductions

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Compensating Key Employees

In times past, most employees went to work for a company where they planned to stay for their entire career. In today’s mobile society, that is no longer the case. Today, most employers need to be creative in the ways that they compensate and motivate key employees. This is especially true in those industries where the employer’s most valuable asset walks out of the door each evening.

Our experienced business lawyers can help employers in structuring compensation arrangements that motivate and help keep key employees, including those situations where the employer wants to provide the employee with some level of ownership or other benefits.

Administrative Representation

Employers find themselves routinely dealing with various state and federal agencies. Whether you’re defending against a claim brought by an employee or being cited for alleged safety violations, knowing the landscape of the agency, the legal standards for prevailing, and the type of evidence that is required is only part of knowing how to defend your business.

Our attorneys regularly represent both small and large employers before various administrative agencies – including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC), the Unemployment Compensation Review Commission, the Department of Labor, the Ohio Industrial Commission, and state and federal courts throughout Ohio.

Employment Litigation

You’ve made a personnel decision, now you must be prepared to defend it. Whether you’ve been sued as a company or as a management representative of a company, the employment law world has become a minefield for the unwary business owner, CEO, HR manager or supervisor. Knowing the laws is half the battle – knowing how to defend a case in court is equally important. Your case may be in federal court or state court, a jury trial or a bench trial, a single-issue case or a complex case on a protracted litigation calendar.

Our experienced attorneys will help you navigate litigation and discuss meaningful plans at each stage of the case, through any verdict, appeal or settlement. At the same time, our skilled lawyers will discuss litigation options with you and to help achieve your business objectives.

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HR Consulting and Compliance Advice

Our proactive approach to helping clients deal with everyday workplace issues starts with helping them to set clear guidelines and expectations for their workforce. Our attorneys are skilled at helping clients to develop and enforce workplace policies, in order to create and maintain a healthy work environment that benefits the employer and employees.

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