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Doug focuses his practice on employment litigation and counseling on human resource issues. His employment litigation experience includes representing employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in Ohio and throughout the region in wrongful termination, retaliation and discrimination matters arising under the Ohio Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Doug is also experienced in litigating matters involving employment and non-compete agreements. Doug also served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Stephen R. Shaw in the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Third Appellate District.

On October 21, 2022, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) published an updated version of its “EEO is the Law” workplace poster with a new poster entitled “Know Your Rights:  Workplace Discrimination is Illegal”.  The new poster is simplified in that it uses plain language and bullet points which summarize the rights of employees and

On March 18, 2022, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the CROWN Act (“Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair”) which bans hairstyle discrimination in employment, public accommodations, federally assisted programs and housing programs. The act bans discrimination against braids, dreadlocks, curls and the like. Advocates of the bill say a split in

On December 27, 2021, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) invited public briefing on a critical issue affecting employers (and especially gig economy companies and workers) regarding independent contractor status. In 2019, the republican-controlled NLRB in SuperShuttle DFW, Inc., 367 NLRB 75 (2019), made it easier for employers to prove independent contractor status by reaffirming

On September 24, 2021, the Biden Administration’s Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued Covid-19 workplace safety guidance for federal contractors and subcontractors. The 14-page guidance provides that “covered contractor employees” must be fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021, unless a religious or medical exemption applies. There is no testing option for employees who choose not

On September 22, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) finalized a regulation which allows for penalties up to $1,100 per violation, plus back wages owed, whenever the DOL finds tipped workers have been cheated of tips.  Previously, a Trump Administration rule, which was never finalized, only allowed fines to be imposed for “repeated and

On June 24, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to roll back a rule created under the Trump Administration governing EEOC conciliation as an alternative process to litigation for resolving workplace discrimination allegations. This paves the way for final repeal of the rule through President Biden’s signature since the Senate also voted to repeal

At the beginning of the pandemic, many employers began to require employees to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to starting work. Common screenings include daily temperature checks and symptom questionnaires, as well as questions about recent travel or recent exposure to COVID-19. Predictably, lawsuits have started to surface by employees alleging state and federal

In a previous post on July 22, 2020, we reported on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC”) Pilot Program which modified certain aspects of the EEOC’s mediation program. In October, 2020, the EEOC announced proposed changes to its conciliation process.  Conciliation differs from mediation in that mediation provides both parties an opportunity to mediate

In 2019, McDonald’s Corporation fired its CEO Steve Easterbrook after it learned he had an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate employee. The relationship came to light when the subordinate employee reported that she engaged in a consensual relationship with Easterbrook that involved explicit text messages and photographs, but no physical contact.  Naturally, McDonald’s investigated the

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently announced a pilot program which modifies certain aspects of the agency’s mediation program. The EEOC mediation program is a voluntary, informal and confidential way for parties to resolve EEOC charges prior to the EEOC conducting a formal investigation. The EEOC has launched a pilot program known as