Employment Attorney Columbus, Ohio

Employment Attorney Columbus, Ohio

Employee Rights Attorney in Columbus, Ohio

Numerous laws guarantee Ohio residents’ rights to work and apply for jobs without having to deal with discrimination, harassment and unfair pay. The employment law attorneys in the Columbus, OH offices of Agee Clymer Mitchell & Portman fight for clients when those rights are violated.

Cases we take involve

  • Child Labor—The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and related Ohio state statutes restrict the ability of companies to employ teenagers who are younger than 16. In our state, permission from a parent or legal guardian is needed for most teens to work for businesses that are not owned by their families, and limits are set for the numbers of hours and shifts that teens can spend working for pay.
  • Disability Discrimination—The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it illegal to deny job opportunities to individuals just because they may require certain accommodations to complete tasks, including filling out a job application. The ADA also prohibits demoting, firing or mistreating workers for requesting accommodations. Hire our Columbus based employment law attorneys to litigate on your behalf.
  • Family and Medical Leave Act Leave Requests—Under the FMLA, employees who have put in the equivalent of one year of full-time work for their current employer are able to request up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to deal with a health matter for themselves or a member of their family. FMLA leave is also available for childbirth and adoption, and extended FMLA leave can be taken for caring for an injured military veteran. The rules for administering FMLA leave get very complicated very quickly, but anyone who believes they were unjustly denied unpaid leave or who lost their job while using unpaid leave should consult with an Columbus employment lawyer.
  • Harassment—Federal laws with names like Title VII of the Civil Rights act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act protect employees and job applicants from any type of discrimination or mistreatment based on their race, sex, age, religion, national origin, military service and veteran status, and pregnancy. To serve as grounds for an employment lawsuit, harassment must be persistent and severe. Courts generally interpret that standard to mean behavior that is “much more than occasional and bad enough to interfere with the employee’s ability to do their job well.” At Agee Clymer Mitchell & Portman, our dedicated employment attorneys have helped employees throughout Ohio in their fight against workplace injustices.
  • Prevailing Wage—Ohio labor law requires companies that take state and local government contracts to pay prevailing wages to skilled tradespeople such as carpenters, electricians, and plumbers. The prevailing wage varies by city and county, and the rates are set in consultation with unions. Hiring a knowledgeable and experienced Columbus labor attorney with negotiating a contract that is subject to prevailing wage requirements will benefit both the municipality and the contractor.If you feel you haven’t been paid the prevailing wage, contact our Columbus employment lawyers at (614) 221-3318 today!
  • Retaliation—Employers cannot harass, demote, punish or fire an employee for exercising their rights. Protected rights include, but are not limited to, demanding payment for all hours worked, reporting and participating in investigations of discrimination and harassment, reporting safety or regulatory violations, requesting or using FMLA leave, requesting accommodations for disabilities, and engaging in union activities.
  • Sexual Harassment—Women, men, and individuals of all sexual and gender identities have the right to work free from unwanted sexual advances, requirements to trade sex for job opportunities, and demeaning behaviors and comments based on their appearance or sexuality. Supervisors, managers, coworkers, subordinates and customers/clients can be named as defendants in sexual harassment lawsuits, and the defendant can be of the same sex as the victim.If you feel like you’ve been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, don’t hesitate to call our Columbus employment lawyers today!
  • Unpaid Overtime—Most hourly workers qualify to earn overtime pay after putting in 40 hours during a 7-day workweek. This includes employees who receive tips, such as wait staff and bartenders. Employers engage in a range of illegal practices to deny workers earned overtime, and an Columbus employment lawyer will know how to hold employers accountable for cheating workers.
  • Unpaid Wages—The FLSA requires employers to pay a minimum hourly wage to nearly every type of employee who is not a salaried manager or an independent contractor. Each state is allowed to set its own minimum wage; during 2020, Ohio’s was $8.70/hour for nontipped employees and $4.35/hour for tipped employees. As with overtime, employers can find many ways to violate the minimum wage law. Two especially common, illegal, practices are misclassifying employees as independent contractors and giving hourly workers managerial titles.
  • Whistleblower Protections—Employees should not suffer retaliation for reporting problems or violations of law. Two areas of whistleblower law that we at Agee Clymer Mitchell & Portman are particularly experienced in handling concern reporting safety issues as part of workers’ compensation claims and participating in safety audits under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
  • Wrongful Termination—Employers are not allowed to fire workers as retaliation or because of discrimination. Employers also cannot allow a work environment to become so hostile that an employee quits in order to protect themselves.If you think you have been wrongly terminated, it’s important to contact our employment lawyer in Columbus, Ohio to determine if you have case.

Contact our Columbus Employment Attorneys

If you need help with an employment law case in or near Columbus, Ohio, call our Columbus employee rights attorney at (614) 221-3318 to let us know what we can do for you. First-time consultations with employees and job seekers are free and confidential, and we take also take appointments online.