As Circleville employee rights attorneys, we advise and represent workers in many types of cases. Despite laws that ban such practices, and in full knowledge that they may face lawsuits, many employers in Ohio continue to engage in the following violations of employee rights:
- Age discrimination – it is unlawful for employers to make employment decisions based on a worker’s age (over 40). Such decisions include refusing to hire job applicants who are older than 40 or passing over and laying off older employees;
- Disability discrimination – employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for physically or mentally disabled workers and are forbidden from making employment decisions based on disability. Accommodations may include providing job modifications, alternative work schedules, leaves of absence, and transfer to a vacant position, etc.;
- Denial of Medical Leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), refusing to reinstate employees who timely return from leave or retaliating against them once they do return;
- National origin discrimination – regardless of where an employee was born, they are entitled to be judged on merit, not based upon preconceived stereotypes about the employee’s country of origin;
- Pregnancy discrimination is a form of gender discrimination. Employers are prohibited from suspending, reassigning, terminating or refusing to grant leave for childbirth;
- Religious discrimination – employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for the closely held religious beliefs of their employees;
- Racial discrimination – is still a reality in this Country. Although we’ve come a long way, some employers still make negative decisions based upon race;
- Sex discrimination, including paying women less than men who do essentially the same jobs;
- Sexual harassment, which spans everything from unwelcome comments on appearance and obvious displays of pornography to demands for sexual favors in return for continued employment and sexual assault;
- Unpaid Wages and Overtime;
- Whistleblower retaliation for reporting or cooperating with investigations into violations of employee rights, discrimination, unfair pay, illegal and unethical activity, and unsafe working conditions;
- Workplace retaliation such as discipline or suspensions for filing a workers’ compensation claim or making a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC); and
- Wrongful termination.
How We Can Help
People who reach out to a Circleville employment attorney at Agee Clymer Mitchell & Portman receive a free, confidential consultation. During that first meeting, we assure the employee or job applicants that they have rights and that those rights can be protected. We review the laws that apply to the potential client’s situation, and we assess whether they have grounds for making a formal complaint at work, to the EEOC or OCRC, or to another government agency.
Contact Circleville Employment Lawyer
Our employee rights attorneys are also available to offer guidance on collecting evidence, to help prepare official complaints, and to communicate with employers and agencies. When necessary, we take employers to court and fight for the best outcomes for our clients. Throughout the process, we do all we can to shield our client from retaliation. If you live in or near Circleville, Ohio, and want to make an appointment with one of our employment and labor attorneys, call us at (614) 221-3318. You can also connect with us by completing this online contact form.