Qualified Workplace Retaliation Attorney Columbus, Ohio

Employment and Workplace Retaliation Attorneys in Columbus, Ohio
Law Firm with Focus on Ohio Employment Retaliation

Often, employers will attempt to retaliate against an employee who speaks out against unfair workplace practices.

To combat discriminatory workplaces and unfair wage paying employers, the federal government has defined a list of protected activities.

These actions protect employees who wish to take action against an employer who has engaged in discriminatory or unfair wage practices.

Protected activities include:

  • Reporting sexual harassment,
  • Opposing discrimination,
  • Opposing the failure to pay minimum wage or
  • Overtime wages or
  • Opposition to unlawful conduct performed by the employer.

If you wish to file a claim against an employer for any of the above, it is best to speak with a qualified workplace retaliation attorney in Columbus, Ohio prior to doing so. The legal professionals at Barkan, Meizlish LLP will pair you with a Columbus employment retaliation lawyer to assist you in your case.

What Constitutes Workplace Discrimination?

Employment discrimination is defined as the unfair treatment to employees or potential employees based on age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, military status, race, pregnancy, religion, or national origin. Employees are granted legal rights based on these protected characteristics. They are backed by a substantial number of employment laws and acts established by federal and state governments.

Unfortunately, many employees still face discrimination in the workplace every day. Whether it is during the hiring process, in promoting or demoting employees, or in the termination of company personnel, discrimination exists. It’s important to remember your rights as an employee. It is equally important to understand what the government defines as workplace discrimination. If you believe your workplace has taken discriminatory action against you or another employee, contact the Columbus workplace discrimination attorneys at Barkan, Meizlish LLP.

Unfair Wages

Equally as important to understanding if you need an employment attorney is comprehending minimum wage and overtime wage laws.

Ohio’s minimum wage is $8.30 per hour for non-tipped employees and $4.15 per hour for tipped employees. For an employee to qualify as tipped, they must make at least $30 per month in tips individually, no matter how many hours they worked that month. It is unlawful to pay any employee less than the state mandated wages. However, instances in which employers do not follow these laws do occur.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires all public and private employers to pay “non-exempt” employees at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay of one and one-half times their regular hourly rate for each hour worked over 40 hours per week. The Ohio Minimum Wage Fair Standards Act (OMWFSA), Ohio’s laws governing wages and overtime pay, also require non-exempt employees to be paid at least minimum wage and overtime wages when they work more than 40 hours per week.

When Do I Need a Workplace Retaliation Attorney?

If your employer has engaged in any of the unfair workplace practices listed previously and you have spoken out against said practices, you may be in need of a Columbus workplace retaliation attorney. Employers have been known to retaliate against employees who bring discriminatory or unfair wage practices to light.

It is unlawful for an employer to retaliate against an employee for engaging in a protected activity. If you wish to pursue unlawful retaliation litigation, your workplace retaliation lawyer must prove:

  • The employee’s participation in a protected activity
  • The employer took against retaliation in the form of termination, demotion, or suspension
  • The employer took the adverse job action because the employee engaged in a “protected activity”

To see if you qualify for workplace retaliation protection, contact the legal professionals at with Barkan Meizlish, LLP. Call our workplace retaliation attorney in Columbus, Ohio today at (614) 221-4221 or reach us via email for a free consultation.

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