Employment Law Attorney Columbus, Ohio

At Barkan Meizlish, LLP, our team of Columbus employment lawyers is prepared to assist you with any employment law issue that you may experience.

Lawyers with our firm have practiced as employee rights attorneys in Columbus, Ohio for more than 60 years. We have built a national practice based on protecting workers in all industries while devoting special attention to enforcing the rights of unionized laborers.

We make every effort to ensure employees understand their rights to demand fair pay, receive contracted and bargained benefits, and have the freedom to find work and go about their business free from harassment and discrimination. Our Columbus based employment lawyers are happy to consult and negotiate with employers to prevent problems before they occur, but we are also not shy about taking managers and business owners to court.

As employment lawyer in Columbus, Ohio, we make state and federal laws work for our clients.

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

  • Age Discrimination;
  • Americans with Disabilities Act;
  • Compensation issues, such as unpaid wages and unpaid overtime;
  • Defamation;
  • Employment benefits;
  • Employment discrimination or harassment;
  • Employment retaliation;
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA);
  • Gender discrimination;
  • Non-compete agreements;
  • Pregnancy discrimination;
  • Race discrimination;
  • Severance agreements;
  • Sexual harassment;
  • Wrongful termination

Wages and Overtime

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act guarantees a minimum wage and overtime eligibility for hourly workers, even those who accept tips. Our employment attorneys have a strong track record of securing unpaid wages for our clients.

Benefits and Employment Contracts

Employers can consider laws like the Family and Medical Leave Act or Ohio’s statute on prevailing wages for construction tradespeople easy to work around. Our Columbus employment law attorneys hold businesses and corporation to their legal obligations. Our employment contract lawyers can also help enforce contract terms like severance.


Sexual harassment, from inappropriate and unwelcome comments on one’s appearance to actual assault, is illegal. Even when the harassment does not constitute a physical threat, the mental and emotional toll can make continuing with or advancing in a job impossible.

Similarly, bullying for any reason cannot be allowed. We take it as part of our mission as caring Columbus employment lawyers to hold managers and supervisors accountable for perpetrating or allowing unsafe and distressing activities in the workplace.


Several federal and state laws prohibit discrimination based on a person’s race, religion, sex, gender, national origin, military service, disability or pregnancy. Employers can not mistreat, refuse to hire, deny equal pay and benefits to, or fire a person based on the listed characteristics. When discrimination occurs in the workplace, a Barkan Meizlish employee rights attorney in Columbus, Ohio will stand up for the victim.

Americans With Disabilities Act Violations

The ADA requires employers to consider making reasonable accommodations for job applicants and employees. What an employer considers reasonable often differs radically from what a person with a permanent or temporary disability would expect. Our Columbus employment lawyer fights for full access to jobs and the workplace.

Workplace Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

Each law that bans employment discrimination, regulates workplace safety, and prohibits harassment confers on employees the rights to demand fair, safe, and equitable treatment. Employees also retain their rights to free speech, religion and unionization. An Employer who demotes, defames, harasses, bullies, or fires a worker for exercising his or her rights can be made to pay back wages with interest, reinstate the illegally treated person, and pay several types of monetary damages.

Non-compete and Nondisclosure Agreements

Corporations often try to limit employees’ ability to take better positions by including NCAs and NDAs in employment contracts. The clauses threaten harsh financial penalties. Few of these restrictions on employee mobility hold up in arbitration, however.

No matter what your employment law problem is, an employment attorney in the Columbus, Ohio, offices of Barkan Meizlish DeRose Wentz Mclnerney Peifer, LLP, can probably offer valuable advice and representation. To schedule a FREE CONSULTATION, call us at (614) 221-4221 or connect with us online. We also welcome question via email to info@barkanmeizlish.com.

OUR Columbus Ohio Employment Attorneys:

Bob DeRose
Jason Cox
Jessica Doogan
Sam Marcellino
Trent Taylor
Sarah Ingles

Client Testimonials

“Barkan Meizlish, LLP brought great attention to my case when I needed it. They fought right by my side and were fair with the entire process. Their team was a great help. I’d recommend them to anyone.” -Anonymous

“A-1 team to work with indeed” – TJoy Knice

“Sam Marcellino is a great attorney! I’m very satisfied with the outcome of my settlement. He really cares about who he represents and the condition of your health after your injury. He is also hard working and gets the job done as quick as possible. I will definitely recommend him in the future.”
– Aareona W.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer. Sam did a great job with my workers’ compensation case. He took the time to explain the process and got me a great result!” – S. Cecil

“Barkan Meizlish has bargaining and litigation experience in the public and private sector. Their firm is unique because they have decades of experiencing representing unions under the NLRA, the RLA and in the public sector.” Sarah,
Local Union President

“Barkan Meizlish’s union lawyers are always there for our members. They are an excellent resource for our staff representatives. We know we can count on them in arbitration and at the negotiating table.” Mike, International Staff Representative

“This group of lawyers are very honest, professional, and courteous. They made a really bad event a lot easier to go through. I highly recommend Leslie Albeit and Jason Cox for representation on your behalf. They sincerely have the client’s best interest at the top of their list! Thanks to leslie and Jason, and all the staff. We will never forget!” – Larry and Gloira

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