Employment & COBRA Claims

Various laws and regulations protect workers in Ohio and across the United States from discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and other types of illegal employer conduct. However, many workers are unaware of their rights and could thus be taken advantage of by their employers. As a worker in Ohio, it’s essential that you familiarize yourself with labor and employment issues that control your relationship with your employer so that your rights remain protected.

 

Areas of Employment Law

Navigating the modern workplace can be difficult. The employment lawyers at Jones Law Group in Columbus, Ohio are committed to holding your employer accountable for any wrongdoings that have caused you suffering. There are a number of legal issues that can arise on the job, including the following: 

    • Sexual Harassment : Have you been the victim of sexual harassment? Typically, the first step is to bring your complaint to the attention of management. If it isn’t resolved at that stage, you could file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
    • Discrimination: Unfortunately, discrimination based on race, gender, national origin, and religion is still alive and well in our society. If you have been subjected to workplace discrimination, an attorney can help you enforce your legal rights.
    • Wrongful Termination: Ohio is an “at-will” employment state, so employers are allowed to fire or terminate an employee for any reason at any time. However, there are many exceptions to the “at-will” employment rule. Consult with an experienced employment attorney to find out if your termination was wrongful.
    • Unemployment Benefits: Have you been denied of unemployment benefits? If your state’s unemployment compensation department decides that you’re ineligible for unemployment benefits based on the information you provided, you have the right to appeal.
    • Family and Medical Leave Act : The Family Leave and Medical Act (FMLA) of 1993 requires employers to offer as many as 12 weeks of unpaid leave without affecting the job status of eligible employees. If you have been discriminated against for a request under the FMLA, an attorney can help protect your rights.
    • COBRA Benefits: The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) ensures that employees who lose or leave their jobs can retain group healthcare coverage. Employees who are being deprived of COBRA benefits can hire an attorney to represent them. 

At Jones Law Group, we understand that employment and labor issues can cause you a lot of stress. Our experienced attorneys will help to fully enforce state and federal laws that protect you against illegal actions by your employer. We will thoroughly evaluate your case and then decide on an appropriate course of action.

 

Why Hire an Employment Attorney?

 If you’re dealing with any labor or employment issues, an attorney can help bring order to the situation. An attorney can assist you in filing a complaint with the appropriate agency and help you provide proof of the alleged violation. At Jones Law Group, we help clients resolve employment disputes in Columbus and throughout Ohio. Call (614) 545-9998 or contact us online  to schedule a free initial consultation with our team.

 

Steps for Resolving an Employment Issue

Seek an administrative remedy

File a complaint with the appropriate agency. For example, if you’ve been discriminated against based on religion, race, sex, or national origin, you should file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). 

Be prepared to provide specific information

When filing a claim, be prepared to provide your name, address, and telephone number as well as that of your employer. You’ll also need to describe the incidents in detail and provide the dates when the violations occurred. 

Provide additional details, if requested 

After you file your claim, the administrative agency will investigate the incident. During the investigation, the agency may visit your workplace, conduct interviews, and request additional information from you. Mediation can also be provided if you and your employer are willing to discuss the incident. 

Resolve the discrimination claim

If the administrative agency determines that discrimination has occurred, you will receive compensation. If the agency is unable to resolve the charges, you can sue your employer. Be sure to contact an attorney who specializes in employment and labor issues if you decide to file a lawsuit.  


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Q&A on COBRA Requirements

Employers that fail to send employees a proper COBRA notice may be required to pay employees up to $100 per day per beneficiary, plus attorney fees and damages.  If you did not receive a proper COBRA notice give us a call for a free consultation at (614) 545-9998.   Q1: What is COBRA continuation health coverage? […]

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