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Wrongful Termination & Employment Lawyers

Columbus Wrongful Termination & Employment Lawyers

Ohio and federal law offer employees protections from their employers. Many of these laws protect employees from what is commonly called “wrongful termination.”

However, these protections often go beyond just wrongful termination alone.

“Wrongful termination” laws and their related statutes also protect employees from unfair treatment because of employees’, race, religion, sex, disability, or other immutable characteristics. Some of these laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, provide additional protections to employees who suffer from chronic and serious medical conditions.

These laws protect employees from retaliation if they engage in certain activities protected by law, such as requesting accommodations, reporting workplace safety violations, discussing wages, union organizing, or seeking workers’ compensation benefits in Ohio.

Finally, Ohio law governs the contents of certain agreements between employees and employers, such as non-competition agreements and severance agreements.

The Ohio workers’ compensation lawyers and wrongful termination attorneys at The Bainbridge Firm, LLC, represent employees against employers who violate these laws by assisting clients with filing charges of discrimination, negotiating severance agreements, requesting accommodations, and reviewing and understanding employment agreements.

If you have a question about your employment rights, or how your employer is treating you, call our office for a free consultation.

Wrongful Termination & Employment Lawyers

Columbus Employment Discrimination Law

Employment Discrimination Law

Employment discrimination in Ohio occurs when an employer subjects an employee to discharge, fails to hire them, demotes them, or otherwise treats them differently because they belong to a “protected class.”

Some of the classes protected by Ohio and federal law include are:

  • Race
  • Age
  • National Origin
  • Ancestry
  • Sex (including orientation and gender identity)
  • Pregnancy
  • Disability
  • Religion
  • Military Status

Federal and state employment law requires that employers treat employees equally in these respects. If you think your employer is targeting you in some way because you are in one of these protected classes, you may have a claim for discrimination and you should talk to an employment discrimination attorney in Ohio.

Usually, employers do not admit that they are treating an employee differently because of race or gender. Instead, employees start to notice that they are being treated differently than other individuals who are outside their protected class.

For example, an employer may terminate an employee in a protected class for the same conduct the employer considered acceptable for an employee outside of that protected class. Sometimes employers will attempt to cover up such employment discrimination by providing a reason that is untrue.

Workplace Harassment in Columbus

Workplace Harassment Laws in Ohio

Workplace harassment occurs when an employer subjects an employee to conduct so severe or pervasive that it results in an abusive workplace, otherwise called a “hostile work environment.”

However, an abusive employer is not enough to establish a claim for workplace harassment in and of itself. An employee must also show they have been subjected to that hostile work environment because of their race, age, sex, disability, national origin, religion, or other protected characteristics.

People often think that workplace harassment law only applies to harassment that is sexual in nature, but that is not the case. Sexual harassment is only one of the many sources of workplace harassment lawyers can help with. Employees who find themselves subjected to consistent racist or ageist comments and remarks may also have a claim for harassment.

In a workplace harassment case, an employee must also show that he or she was subjected to conduct that is so severe or pervasive that it interfered with their work performance. Whether an employer’s conduct meets this standard depends on the facts of each case.

If you think your employer is subjecting you to a hostile work environment, you should discuss the situation with an Ohio workplace harassment attorney.

Employee Retaliation Law

Many statutes protect employees from being punished for asserting their rights and seeking legal protections, known as “protected activity.”

For example, anti-discrimination statutes often prevent employers from taking corrective actions against employees who have reported unlawful workplace discrimination or workplace harassment to a lawyer or oversight board.

Similarly, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which governs fair payment practices for employers, forbids employee retaliation against those who report wage payment violations, such as unpaid overtime.

Ohio workers’ compensation lawyers can also help when employers terminate, demote, reassign, or take other punitive actions against employees if they file, attempt to file, or otherwise pursue a workers’ compensation claim in Ohio. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has a provision shielding workers from unlawful employee retaliation as well.

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While statutes do not protect against all employee retaliation in the workplace, courts have stepped in and provided additional protections. For example, courts have found that an employer cannot terminate an employee for reporting violations of workplace safety or exercising their right to consult with an employment attorney in Ohio.

These rules are considered an exception to the “at-will employment” doctrine, which typically allows an employer to terminate an employee for any reason. Courts have explicitly rejected the at-will employment doctrine in other situations where the intent behind the law would be frustrated.

If you feel that an employer discharged you because you reported fraud, attempted to correct a workplace safety violation, reported discriminatory practices, spoke about unfair payment practices, or engaged in any activity that could be protected by law, then you should consult with one of our employment attorneys in Ohio immediately. There are many kinds of protected activity, and you should explore your options as soon as possible.

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