Employment Practices

Gallagher Sharp has extensive experience representing officers, directors, employers, managers, and employees in employment matters in federal, state, and bankruptcy courts, and in administrative proceedings. We defend and advise clients in matters alleging violations of state and federal laws, including:

  • Discrimination, harassment and retaliation in violation of Title VII, and the Ohio Civil Rights Statute, including disparate impact, disparate treatment, and hostile work environment
  • Americans with Disabilities Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Older Workers’ Benefit Protection Act
  • Fair Labor Standards Act and Ohio’s Wage and Hour Statute
  • Wrongful discharge in violation of public policy
  • Retaliation under the Bankruptcy Code
  • Retaliation under Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation Act
  • Retaliation under the Federal Railway Safety Act
  • Promissory estoppel and breach of contract
  • Violations of federal, state, and common law “whistle-blower” protections, including Ohio’s Whistleblower Statute and AIR21Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Negligent hiring and retention
  • Breach and enforcement of employment contracts containing non-compete, non-solicitation, confidentiality and trade secret protection provisions

Central to Gallagher Sharp’s representation is our provision of risk management services to employers on issues such as:

  • Wage, hour and overtime
  • Record keeping and retention
  • Discipline and termination
  • FMLA leave
  • ADA accommodations
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Job descriptions
  • Employer and management education
  • Progressive disciplinary procedures
  • Employment contracts, including non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality and trade secret protection provisions
  • Termination and severance agreements