November 17, 2017
Some of you may have seen the “viral” image of a woman named Julie Briskman, who was recently photographed raising her middle finger to a presidential motorcade that passed her while she was bicycling in Virginia. Ms. Briskman was subsequently fired from her job with Akima, LLC, a private contractor that does business with the … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: Can you be fired for flipping off the President?
October 29, 2017
The social media movement represented by #MeToo began about ten years ago. Recently, however, in response to revelations about sexual assault and harassment by movie producer Harvey Weinstein, its use has skyrocketed. Literally millions of women (and some men) all over the world – and in every industry – have used the hashtag in recent … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: What does #MeToo Mean for the Modern Workplace?
October 16, 2017
In recent decades, a great many employers – especially larger companies – have moved to require their employees to sign arbitration agreements as a condition of employment. The agreements are typically included in a big stack of papers employees are given – and never read – on their first day. They usually sign the agreements … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: Supreme Court to Decide Whether to Limit Class Action Suits in Employment Cases
August 21, 2017
Suppose someone is falsely charged with a crime. They’re innocent until proven guilty, right? They have the right to a trial, to a lawyer, and to confront their accusers, right? They have a right to defend themselves and be judged by a jury of their peers, right? And if they are innocent, they may be … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: Can an Employee lawfully be fired based on a completely False Accusation?
August 18, 2017
There has been a firestorm of controversy recently over Google’s decision to fire James Damore. Damore is the software engineer who wrote an internal memo – subsequently leaked – that criticized the company’s policies on diversity and inclusion. Specifically, Damore claimed that biological differences between men and women may account for the fact that women … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: Does the Now Famous Fired Engineer Have a Legal Claim Against Google?
July 18, 2017
Something that didn’t even exist 15 years ago is now all the rage. I’m talking about “Social Media Policies” in the workplace. What does this mean? Why do many employers have these policies? Are they important? Are there legal rules relating to these policies? I don’t need to tell you about the explosion and popularity … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: What is a “Social Media Policy”?
July 14, 2017
In an age where almost everyone carries a smartphone almost all the time, it is possible for each of us to make a video or audio recording of events and conversations at the touch of a button. YouTube, as we all know, is filled with impromptu video recordings people have made with their cell phones. … Continue reading Ohio employment law: Recording conversations in the workplace
June 2, 2017
Our firm has long enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Tom Cooney and Crystal Faulkner at Mountjoy Chilton Medley, accountants in Cincinnati. Tom and Crystal are husband and wife and also hosts of a weekly radio program on 91.7 radio, WVXU aimed at helping business owners smartly and safely grow their business — Businesswise. Finney Law Firm … Continue reading In the News: Attorney Stephen E. Imm joins Businesswise on WVXU to discuss Labor and Employment Law issues
May 15, 2017
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 30 years (in which case you probably aren’t reading my blog posts anyway), you know that “sexual harassment” is illegal in the workplace. What that means to most people is that employers have to make sure their employees do not commit sexual harassment against one … Continue reading Ohio employment law: Can Sexual Harassment be Committed by Non-employees?
May 13, 2017
The need for non-compete agreements certainly looks different from the perspective of being an employee versus being an employer, but no one can doubt both the recent proliferation of and significant career impacts of non-compete agreements. Today’s New York Times offers an important and detailed perspective on the decision to sign such documents. Read it here: Signing Away … Continue reading Ohio employment law: Today’s NYT writes about non-compete agreements