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High Court to address protections for corporate whistleblowers

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Last week, as the Supreme Court was closing business for the Summer, it announced it will soon hear a case that will either preserve or strip away an important protection for corporate whistleblowers. Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers appears at first blush to involve just a narrow question of statutory interpretation. But its potential implications for Ohio and the nation are actually much broader than that. [Read more…]

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Am I Protected if I Complain About Corporate Fraud Internally?

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It takes guts to speak up when your employee breaks the law. But not all whistleblower complaints are created equal. When an employee reports corporate fraud or shareholder fraud to a supervisor or someone else inside the company—as opposed to a government agency—there can be a question whether that report entitles the employee to protection from retaliation.

If you are an employee in Cleveland, Akron, or anywhere else in Ohio who reported fraud by your employer and were retaliated against as a result, the Cleveland whistleblower attorneys at Bolek Besser Glesius LLC may be able to help. [Read more…]

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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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Whistleblower Claims in Cleveland Workplaces

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What exactly does it mean for an employee to be a “whistleblower?” And when are Cleveland-area “whistleblowers” protected under federal or Ohio employment laws? [Read more…]

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EEOC Settles Ohio Sex Discrimination Class Action Suit against JPMorgan

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced this week that JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay $1,450,000 to settle a sex discrimination class action lawsuit. Although the case arises out of JPMorgan’s Columbus, Ohio office, the lessons it offers apply just as much to employees in Cleveland, and elsewhere in Ohio. [Read more…]

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New Year’s Workplace Resolutions for Cleveland Employees

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Now that the new year is upon us, it’s time to reflect on 2013, and to set goals for 2014. When I look back at 2013, I can’t help but think that so many employment discrimination cases come from very similar fact patterns. With that in mind, I offer a few suggested “New Year’s workplace resolutions” to help Cleveland employees avoid becoming a victim of employment discrimination in 2014: [Read more…]

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Should I Blow the Whistle on my Boss in Ohio?

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I think my boss is breaking the law. What should I do? What can I do? And can I get fired for it?

Well-intentioned employees in Ohio often assume that when they blow the whistle on a coworker or boss for breaking the law that the company will thank them. Many do, but sometimes, it’s the whistleblower who gets fired. Before you blow the whistle in Ohio, you should know your rights. [Read more…]

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Case Western Retaliation Lawsuit Heats Up

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Last month we wrote about a very interesting employment retaliation lawsuit filed in Cleveland by a Case Western Reserve University law professor against the school and its Dean.  (We are not involved in the lawsuit). The lawsuit accuses Dean Larry Mitchell of sexually harassing multiple female members of the Case Western Law School community, and then illegally retaliating against the plaintiff, Professor Raymond Ku, for reporting the alleged sexual harassment. Since it was filed just late last month, two extraordinarily unusual things have happened in the lawsuit.

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Case Western Law Professor Sues School for Retaliation

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This week, a Case Western Reserve University Law Professor filed an interesting retaliation lawsuit in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court against the school and its Dean. The lawsuit reminds us that employees are protected from retaliation for complaining about discrimination, even if they are just a witness to the discrimination, rather than its victim. [Read more…]

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Should I Report Being Sexually Harassed at Work? (Yes!)

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Sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes. While exact figures are hard to quantify, a 2005 U.S. Department of Justice study found that about 60% of sexual assaults go unreported. Workplace sexual harassment is vastly underreported as well. An August 2013 poll by Huffington Post/YouGov found that nearly one-third of all employees (yes, men as well as women) say they have been sexually harassed at work by a boss or co-worker. Yet a full 70% of the victims did not report it. [Read more…]

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