Employment Law Attorney

Problems in the workplace are extremely common, from conflicts and harassment to unethical treatment. Regrettably, most issues between employers and employees go unresolved. At Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP, our Columbus employment law attorneys are prepared to assist you with any employment law issue that you may experience. Whether your company enforces illegal policies or falsely reports hours in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), our team can help get you the compensation you deserve.

Lawyers with our firm have practiced for more than 60 years. As a result, we have built an award winning local, Ohio and national practice based on protecting workers in all industries while devoting special attention to enforcing the rights of unionized employees.

Our Columbus employment attorneys make every effort to protect the rights of employees to receive the pay, benefits and working conditions they are entitled to, as well as, the freedom to work free from harassment and discrimination. We are able to consult and negotiate with employers to prevent problems before they occur, but we are also ready to take employers to court when they violate Ohio workplace laws.

We make state and federal laws work for our clients.

Let us know if our employment law Attorneys can help you with any of the following issues:

  • Age Discrimination;
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);
  • Defamation;
  • Discrimination or harassment;
  • Employment contracts;
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA);
  • Gender discrimination;
  • Non-compete agreements;
  • Pregnancy discrimination;
  • Race discrimination
  • Retaliation;
  • Severance agreements;
  • Sexual harassment;
  • Unpaid wages and unpaid overtime; or
  • Wrongful termination

Unpaid Wages and Overtime

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and many state wage laws establish a minimum wage and overtime eligibility for employees, including those who receive tips. Our Columbus employment attorneys have a strong track record of securing unpaid minimum and overtime wages for our clients.

Ohio Benefits and Employment Contracts

Employers often attempt to avoid their obligations under employment benefit laws like the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Our Columbus employment lawyers can help ensure that your leave and benefit rights are honored by your employer.  We can also help enforce contract terms such as severance pay, non-disparagement, and more.

Prevailing Ohio Wage Law

Prevailing wage laws apply to all public improvements financed in whole or in part by public funds. Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP can hold construction employers accountable for failing to pay the required wages, benefits and overtime.

Workplace Harassment

Workplace harassment, from persistent, inappropriate and unwelcome comments to actual assault, is illegal. Even when the harassment does not involve a physical threat, the mental and emotional toll can make continuing with or advancing in a job impossible. Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP’s employment lawyers win justice for victims of unlawful harassment.

Workplace Discrimination

Several federal and Ohio state laws prohibit discrimination based on a person’s race, religion, sex, gender, age, national origin, military service, disability or pregnancy status.  Prohibited acts include mistreatment, refusal to hire, denying equal pay, benefits and promotions to employees, and unlawfully disciplining or discharging an employee. When discrimination occurs in the workplace, a Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP employment attorney will stand up for the victim.

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Workplace Violations

The ADA requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for job applicants and employees with qualified disabilities. What an employer considers reasonable often differs radically from what a person with a permanent or temporary disability is entitled to as a matter of law. We fight for full access to jobs and the workplace.

Workplace Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

Each Ohio law that bans employment discrimination, regulates workplace safety, and prohibits harassment confers on employees the right to report unlawful conduct without fear of retaliation. An employer who demotes, defames, harasses, bullies, or fires a worker for exercising his or her rights may be liable for back wages with interest, other monetary damages and required to reinstate wrongfully terminated employees.

Non-Compete and Non-Disclosure Agreements

Based on our over 60 years of experience, we have found that employers try to limit employees’ ability to accept a position with another company through Non-Compete Agreements (“NCA”) and Non-Disclosure Agreements (“NDA”). Because these agreements threaten harsh financial penalties and limit future employment rights, you need Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP. Our Columbus employment law attorneys can help determine the legality of NCA or NDA restrictions and provide valuable guidance on how they impact your job mobility and opportunities.

If you have a workplace problem, the Ohio employment law attorneys of Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP, are available to provide advice and assistance. To schedule a FREE CONSULTATION, call us at (614) 221-4221 or connect with us online. You can email us your questions to info@barkanmeizlish.com.

Our Employment Law Attorneys:

Bob DeRose
Jason Cox
Sarah Ingles



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