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What Is Employee Retaliation?

By Matthew Coffman |

Did you stand up for yourself or a coworker because they were being harassed? Or did you point out illegal activity at work? Were you retaliated against for doing so? Employee retaliation is illegal. Ohio state law and federal employment laws prohibit bosses or employers from taking revenge against a worker who was within… Read More »

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Jury Duty and Ohio Law

By Matthew Coffman |

It is our civic duty to serve on juries when we are called to do so. Jury duty is when you serve on a jury, giving the defendant in court the right to a trial with an impartial jury. If you are called to the court and do not appear, you could be held… Read More »

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Should I Be Paid for a One-Day Work Trip?

By Matthew Coffman |

Travel time is a compensation issue that often comes up for employees. After all, many workers spend a lot of time in transit, either for work tasks or commuting. If that time is eligible for payment depends on a variety of factors, such as if the travel was during set work hours or if… Read More »

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Fresh Thyme Overtime Lawsuit

Fresh Thyme Overtime Lawsuit For Unpaid Meal Breaks is Conditionally Certified as a National Collective Action

By Matthew Coffman |

Our Overtime Attorneys’ Lawsuit against Fresh Thyme is conditionally certified nationally The experienced unpaid overtime lawyers at Coffman Legal, along with Nilges Draher and Bryant Legal, filed a Collective Action Lawsuit against Lakes Venture, LLC dba Fresh Thyme Farmers Market (Fresh Thyme) on behalf of Fresh Thyme’s non-exempt employees at its 78 stores nationally… Read More »

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Key Employees Exempt from Family Leave

By Matthew Coffman |

Many Ohio employees access their right to family medical leave when they have a serious medical concern or when they need to care for another in the family going through a health crisis. There are protections in place under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) which allows workers who are eligible to take up… Read More »

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Per Visit Overtime Entitlement

Am I entitled to overtime wages if I am paid on a per visit basis?

By Matthew Coffman |

Paid on a per visit basis? Wonder if you are entitled to overtime? Whether an employee paid on a per visit basis is entitled to overtime depends on several different factors. Non-exempt employees paid on a per visit basis are entitled to overtime wages. First, an employee must be non-exempt (entitled to overtime) compared… Read More »

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What Is Employment Law?

By Matthew Coffman |

There are many different types of law. When an attorney practices employment law, they are focused on the rights of employees or employers. Our firm exclusively represents employees and fights for their rights to be treated in accordance with various employment laws. Essentially, we help employees navigate employees’ relationships with their employers in terms… Read More »

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Pros and Cons of Salary Conversations

By Matthew Coffman |

Many employers discourage staff members from discussing their salaries. Often a culture of privacy around salary leaves is in place. But, it is not illegal in most circumstances. While comparing compensation and pay rates can be frowned upon, according to the National Labor Relations Act, employees have a right to have discussions that promote… Read More »

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Forest River Piece Rate Overtime Lawsuit

Piece Rate Overtime Lawsuit Filed Against Forest River RV

By Matthew Coffman |

Overtime lawyers at our firm (along with attorneys at Nilges Draher LLC and Hassler Kondras Miller LLP) have filed an unpaid overtime case for Forest River’s “piece rate” production workers related to its alleged failure to fully and properly compensate piece rate workers on a “bona fide” piece rate system for all of their… Read More »

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Protect Your Rights When It Comes to Background Checks

By Matthew Coffman |

When a business is moving forward with a hire, there are times when they want to run a background check on a possible employee. This can create frustrations for the job candidate, because even if they are qualified for the position there could be mistakes on their credit report, inaccuracies that could impact their… Read More »

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At-Will Employees and Wrongful Termination

By Matthew Coffman |

An at-will employee is a person who can be terminated for any reason, or can leave their job for any reason, that is not illegal or does not break a collective bargaining agreement or written contract. Ohio is an at-will employment state. But, if you are fired from a job for a reason that… Read More »

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Timelines for FLSA Collective Actions

By Matthew Coffman |

A federal law, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets rules for employers. Basic requirements are included in the FLSA, such as employees must be paid at least minimum wage for their work, records of wages need to be recorded appropriately, and all applicable overtime rules are  to be followed. But, even with FLSA… Read More »

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Hopebridge RBT overtime lawsuit

Registered Behavior Technicians Sue Hopebridge for Unpaid Overtime for Unlawful Break Policy and Other Off-the-Clock Work

By Matthew Coffman |

Coffman Legal’s Ohio FLSA Overtime Attorneys filed a Collective and Class Action Lawsuit against Hopebridge, LLC for failing to compensate its hourly, non-exempt registered behavior technicians (“RBTs”) for its companywide unlawful break policy, including that it required RBTs to clock out for all breaks and “meal breaks” regardless of how short. Hopebridge maintained a… Read More »

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Rumple Waste Overtime Lawsuit

Welder Overtime Lawsuit Filed Against Rumpke Waste for Unpaid Meal Breaks

By Matthew Coffman |

Coffman Legal’s Ohio FLSA Overtime Attorneys filed a Collective and Class Action Lawsuit against Rumpke Transportation Company, LLC (d/b/a Rumpke Waste Collection & Disposal Systems) for failing to compensate its hourly welders for interrupted meal breaks. On October 8, 2020, the law firm of Coffman Legal, LLC filed a Collective and Class Action Complaint… Read More »

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What Is a Prevailing Wage?

By Matthew Coffman |

A prevailing wage is a rate of pay set for workers who are working on public works projects. This could be construction workers or trade workers. The basic hourly rate is set for publicly funded projects or projects supported by the government. Are you in a situation where you feel you should be paid… Read More »

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Should I Share My Mental Health Issue with My Boss?

By Matthew Coffman |

When a person is struggling with a mental health issue, whether that concern is related to anxiety, depression, PTSD, or something else, they may not feel confident sharing that information with their supervisor. And if a person wants to use their right to leave under the Family Medical Leave Act to treat a mental… Read More »

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Recon Oilfield and Triple J Oilfield Overtime Lawsuit

Field Employee Overtime Lawsuit Against Recon Oilfield and Triple J Oilfield

By Matthew Coffman |

Coffman Legal’s Ohio FLSA Overtime Attorneys filed a Collective and Class Action Lawsuit against Recon Oilfield Services, Inc. and Triple J Oilfield Services, LLC for failing to compensate their hourly and non-exempt operators, laborers, roustabouts, and potentially other employees (collectively “operators”) fully for all time that they spent working. On August 31, 2020, the… Read More »

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Overtime Issues

Maintenance Employee Overtime Lawsuit Against Cushman & Wakefield (C&W Facility Services) for Meal Break Violation

By Matthew Coffman |

Coffman Legal’s Ohio FLSA Overtime Attorneys filed a Collective and Class Action Lawsuit against C&W Facility Services, Inc., an arm of Cushman & Wakefield, for failing to compensate its hourly, non-exempt maintenance employees for interrupted meal breaks. On July 31, 2020, the law firm of Coffman Legal, LLC filed a Collective and Class Action… Read More »

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Corrections Officer’s Overtime Case Against GEO Secure Services Results in Tentative Settlement

By Matthew Coffman |

Coffman Legal’s Ohio FLSA Overtime Attorneys filed a Collective and Class Action Lawsuit against GEO Secure Services, LLC. for its alleged failure to compensate its hourly correctional officers and sergeants for security screenings  prior to clocking in for work. On April 24, 2020, the law firms of Coffman Legal, LLC; Nilges Draher LLC; and… Read More »

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What You Need to Know About Statutes of Limitations

By Matthew Coffman |

It may be surprising for individuals who do not regularly work within the legal profession, but there are set timeframes when a person is legally able to move a claim forward. This can be frustrating for people who were harmed by a violation many years ago. Moving on a claim as soon as possible… Read More »

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