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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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High Court Reaffirms Right of Employees to Religious Accommodations

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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…]

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DOJ Takes New Position on LBGT Employment Discrimination

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On December 18, 2014, the United States Department of Justice announced it would begin taking the position that federal employment discrimination law protects employees from discrimination on the basis of gender identity. The announcement represents a shift in policy that means transgender employees in Cleveland, and throughout Ohio and the U.S., have a new and important ally in fighting workplace discrimination. [Read more…]

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Bolek Besser Named an Employment “Best Law Firm” for Third Straight Year

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For the third year in a row, U.S. News – Best Lawyers has named Bolek Besser Glesius LLC a Tier 1 Cleveland employment law “Best Law Firm.” We are just one of a few Cleveland employment discrimination firms to achieve the publication’s highest ranking. [Read more…]

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Supreme Court to Take up A&F Employment Discrimination Case

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Can employees bring a religious discrimination lawsuit due to an employer’s failure to accommodate religious practices if the need for the accommodation is obvious, but the employee did not explicitly request one? That is the issue the U.S. Supreme Court announced last week it would soon consider in a case involving a Muslim woman denied employment by Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a religious headscarf. The case, EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., has the potential to be one of the most important of the year for employment lawyers who handle religious discrimination cases.

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Court Dismisses Retaliation Case Because Complaint was too Vague

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The owner of a company tells an employee “I cannot believe you played the race card … when I found out that you played the race card, the first thing I said was for them to fire your ass….” A month later, the company fires the employee. It seems like a clear case of retaliation, right?

Apparently not, according to a decision by the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals in a Cleveland employment discrimination case issued today. [Read more…]

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What is Wrongful Termination in Cleveland Workplaces?

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In my years practicing as an employment lawyer in Cleveland, a phrase I have heard time and again is “wrongful termination.” Although commonly used, the phrase can be a bit misleading. This post addresses what it does (and does not) mean under Ohio and federal employment law. [Read more…]

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Workplace Discrimination on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

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Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the law banning employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. For those of us who devote their careers to eliminating discrimination in the workplace—and really for all Americans—it is an important day. [Read more…]

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What is my Employment Discrimination Case Worth in Ohio?

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Figuring out the fair value of an employment discrimination case is difficult. There are many factual and emotional considerations that must be taken into account. There are also complex legal issues in Ohio employment law that must be evaluated. Although valuing an employment case is difficult, there are some guideposts that Cleveland area employees can use as a starting point when figuring out whether or not to settle: [Read more…]

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How do I Know Which Judges to Vote for in Cuyahoga County?

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With Ohio’s primary election coming on May 6, 2014, voters in Cuyahoga County will soon be voting for judges once again. Ohio is one of only a few states left that select judges in partisan elections. A handful of other states selects judges in non-partisan elections, but most states now choose judges by merit-based appointment. Without getting into whether we should select judges by vote, how do voters know which judicial candidate to vote for? Frankly, in many cases they don’t.

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