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Category Archives: Discrimination

Employers Should Consider Light Duty For Pregnant Employees

The Supreme Court Rules on Pregnancy Discrimination On March 25, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Young v. UPS, a pregnancy discrimination case regarding failure to accommodate light-duty restrictions. Plaintiff Young was a part-time driver for UPS when she became pregnant in 2006. While drivers were required to lift up to 70 pounds, […]

Fired for wearing a headscarf or hijab

Religious Discrimination in the Workplace is Illegal Both Ohio and federal law make  it illegal for an employer to discriminate against individuals when hiring and firing, as well as in the work environment because of a person’s religion. In addition, employers may not take an adverse employment action against an employee who files a complaint […]

How Does the Mediation Process Work in a Wrongful Discharge Case?

This is Step 4 in my series explaining the Steps Involved in a Wrongful Discharge Case.  This post explains how the mediation process works.  In employment cases, the opportunity to mediate may arise early in the administrative process or after a law suit has already been filed. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution […]


Continuing my series explaining the steps involved with filing a wrongful discharge case, today’s post presents a broad overview of the process of filing administrative charges. STEP 3:  FILING CHARGES WITH THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES THAT ENFORCE EMPLOYMENT LAWS. So called wrongful discharge cases arise under State law, Federal law or both.  Depending upon the nature […]

Religious dress and grooming in the workplace

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published new guidelines that discuss the how federal employment discrimination law (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act) applies to religious dress and grooming practices in the workplace.  Religious dress and grooming practices include wearing religious clothing or articles (such as a Muslim hijab, a Sikh turban, or […]

Pre-Litigation Settlement in a “Wrongful Discharge” Case

As I continue my series of Posts intended to explain the process of pursuing a “wrongful discharge” case, today’s subject is Pre-Litigation Settlement.  (See my February 28th Post for Step 1 in the process.) STEP 2:  PRE-LITIGATION SETTLEMENT. After identifying possible legal claims in a wrongful discharge case, I usually prepare a letter to the […]

What are the steps when pursuing a “wrongful discharge” case?

Today I will begin a series of Blog Posts intended to explain the process of pursuing a “wrongful discharge” case against a former employer.  My hope is to explain the process using plain language. My purpose is to help prospective clients decide whether this is a course of action they want to pursue. STEP 1: […]


You may know that it is against the law for employers to discriminate against existing employees because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, and disability.  But have you considered how the law applies to job applicants? For example, did you know: It is illegal for an employer to publish a job advertisement that […]

Employers Are Not Permitted to Retaliate Against Witnesses, But Sometimes They Do.

Both State and Federal law prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who report instances of unlawful discrimination and harassment.   For example, I was retained by an individual who feared she would lose her job after standing up for one of her co-workers.  Her co-worker was Indian.  My client witnessed their manager making fun of her […]


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