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5885 Landerbrook Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44124
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The Trump who stole Christmas

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…]

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

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…]

Dep’t of Labor Expands Overtime Protections to 4.2 Million Workers

This week, the Department of Labor announced a new rule that will expand the protection of federal overtime pay law to millions of workers, including more than a hundred thousand Ohioans. According to the Department and the White House, the new rule—which was long-anticipated—will bring approximately 4.2 million white collar, but low-income, workers within the protection of the federal overtime pay law, the Fair Labor Standards Act. [Read more…]

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

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…]

EEOC Warns Against Anti-Muslim Workplace Discrimination

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…]

Study finds employers less likely to hire applicants with disabilities

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…]

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

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…]

Major News on Overtime Pay Law

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…]

Can Ethnic Restaurants Hire Based on Race?

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…]

High Court Reaffirms Right of Employees to Religious Accommodations

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…]