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

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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…]

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

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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…]

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FMLA Impacted by DOMA Same-Sex Marriage Case (but Not in Ohio)

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In a landmark civil rights case, the U.S. Supreme Court today struck down the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) that denied federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. Besides having tremendous symbolic significance as a victory for liberty and equality, the case will have a major impact on various employment laws, particularly the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) . . . just not in Ohio.

The terms “marriage” and “spouse” appear in approximately 1,000 different federal laws, affecting everything from criminal prosecutions to taxes to the workplace. Enacted by Congress in 1996, DOMA specified that, for purposes of all federal laws, “marriage” and “spouse” mean only opposite-sex couples. Same-sex couples were specifically excluded, with Congress explicitly stating its “moral disapproval of homosexuality.” In today’s decision, United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court struck down this section of DOMA. The Court explained that DOMA’s denial of federal benefits to lawfully married same-sex couples was “designed to injure” those couples, and thus deprived them of their rights to “liberty” and “equal protection” of law guaranteed by the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments respectively. [Read more…]

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