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Employment Law

The Employment Law Section provides legal advice and representation regarding an array of employment matters to all state departments, agencies, bureaus, commissions, elected officials and public colleges and universities.

The section’s attorneys defend clients in federal and state courts against allegations of discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability and other classes protected by law. They also defend state employers against retaliation claims brought under those same laws and constitutional violations brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. 

The section’s attorneys defend clients against civil service appeals brought before the State Personnel Board of Review and against complaints brought before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. They provide advice to clients regarding a variety of state and federal laws, including the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The Workers’ Compensation Defense Unit represents state agencies, state universities, boards and commissions, the General Assembly and the Ohio Supreme Court and lower courts in their capacity as employers in workers’ compensation matters. The unit provides advice to clients on a variety of workers’ compensation issues and defends contested claims and issues before the Industrial Commission of Ohio. Unit attorneys also represent clients in common pleas and appellate courts throughout the State of Ohio.