Matthew D. Besser Cathleen M. Bolek Amy S. Glesius

Bolek Besser Glesius LLC

5885 Landerbrook Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44124
United States (US)
Phone: (216) 464-3004
Fax: (866) 542-0743

Monday 
Tuesday 
Wednesday 
Thursday 
Friday 
Saturday 
Sunday 

Ask a Question

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Matthew Besser's Blog Posts

About Matthew Besser

Matthew D. Besser defends the rights of individuals in employment discrimination, civil rights, and constitutional law cases.

Matt is a former federal appellate law clerk, and an adjunct law professor at Case Western Reserve University. He is also a frequently invited speaker on an array of legal topics. Recognized for his accomplishments in the legal field, Matt holds the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell “AV Preeminent”® rating. Twice, U.S. News and World Reports has named him to its list of Cleveland employment law “Best Lawyers.” And Super Lawyers Magazine has named him a “Super Lawyer” for employment law in Cleveland four times. Twice before that, the Magazine named him one of its “Rising Stars.”

Matt Besser's Google+ Profile

Appeals court holds federal employment law bans sexual orientation discrimination

Share Button

For the first time, a federal appeals court has held that federal employment discrimination law protects LGBT employees from sexual orientation discrimination. Until this week, no federal court of appeals had reached that conclusion. This week’s groundbreaking decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dramatically expands the rights of LGBT employees in the private sector.

[Read more…]

Share Button

The Trump who stole Christmas

Share Button

What should Ohio employees expect from a Trump administration?

As Cleveland employment lawyers who represent working Ohioans, we are very concerned about what the incoming Trump administration means for employment law and civil rights. If the President-elect’s cabinet picks are any indication, the omens are foreboding. During the next four years, Ohio employees should expect steps back for their rights and steps forward for corporate interests. [Read more…]

Share Button

“The Best Lawyers in America” honors Bolek Besser yet again

Share Button

It is our honor to announce, once again, that every attorney at Bolek Besser Glesius LLC has been named to The Best Lawyers in America© for employment law representing individuals in Cleveland. This is the second year in a row that Best Lawyers has named Cathleen M. Bolek, Amy S. Glesius, and Matthew D. Besser to its respected list. The publication previously named Amy its 2013 and 2016 Cleveland “Lawyer of the Year” for employment law representing employees. [Read more…]

Share Button

Does Title VII Prohibit LGBTQ Discrimination? The EEOC Says Yes.

Share Button

This week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed its first ever lawsuits against private employers for unlawful sexual orientation discrimination in employment. Although long-anticipated, the lawsuits are part of a major effort by the EEOC to break new ground in the world of employment discrimination, specifically with respect to LGBTQ rights in the workplace. [Read more…]

Share Button

EEOC Warns Against Anti-Muslim Workplace Discrimination

Share Button

In the wake of the horrific Paris and San Bernadino attacks, a fair amount of ugly anti-Muslim rhetoric, and worse, quickly permeated some segments of the nation. Concerned that this backlash would unduly spill over into the workplace, on December 23, 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued two resource documents. Both are designed to remind employers and employees alike that Americans of the Muslim faith or Middle Eastern national origin are entitled to the same freedom from employment discrimination as everyone else. [Read more…]

Share Button

Study finds employers less likely to hire applicants with disabilities

Share Button

The New York Times this week reported on a joint study conducted by Syracuse and Rutgers Universities that found employers are generally far less likely to hire applicants who reveal they have a disability. Individuals with a disability applying for jobs should take note. Thankfully, federal and Ohio disability discrimination laws prohibit employers from asking applicants whether they have a disability. [Read more…]

Share Button

Bolek Besser Glesius Selected by “The Best Lawyers in America”

Share Button

We are very pleased to announce that Amy S. Glesius, Cathleen M. Bolek, and Matthew D. Besser have each been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Employment Law – Individuals. We are also especially proud to announce that Best Lawyers has once again named Amy S. Glesius its Cleveland Employment Law – Individuals “Lawyer of the Year.” [Read more…]

Share Button

Major News on Overtime Pay Law

Share Button

Over the past few weeks there have been two big developments regarding federal overtime pay and minimum wage law. Recent policy announcements by both the White House and the Department of Labor offer the promise of greater protection from wage exploitation for millions of working men and women. For many Cleveland employees with wage and hour claims, this is potentially a very big deal. [Read more…]

Share Button

Can Ethnic Restaurants Hire Based on Race?

Share Button

I love sushi. And Mexican food. At the local Cleveland sushi restaurant I go to, all the wait staff is of Asian descent. At my favorite Mexican restaurant, virtually all the staff is of Latin or Hispanic descent. I’ll bet you found the same to be true the last time you went for sushi or Mexican. Why is this? And is it legal for a restaurant to hire only people of the same ethnicity as the food it serves? That employment discrimination issue was the topic of a podcast by Freakonomics last week. [Read more…]

Share Button

High Court Reaffirms Right of Employees to Religious Accommodations

Share Button

Can an employee sue for religious discrimination due to an employer’s failure to accommodate religious practices when the need for the accommodation is obvious, but the employee did not explicitly request one? Yes, according to an 8-1 decision yesterday from the Supreme Court.

Back in October, we wrote about a pending Supreme Court case involving a Muslim woman denied employment by Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a religious headscarf. Yesterday, the Court decided the case, holding that employers cannot refuse to hire applicants based on an assumption that they would require an accommodation due to their respective religious practices. The decision should help protect employees from having to choose between their jobs and their religious beliefs. The case is U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. [Read more…]

Share Button