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When Is a Wage Deduction Improper?

By Matthew Coffman |

There are only a limited amount of circumstances when an employer can legally deduct from employee wages. Those reasons are clearly stated in federal law and Ohio law. Do you believe your employer improperly deducted from your wages? If so, you have rights. Connect with a Columbus employment attorney to learn how to pave… Read More »

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Verifying Employment Credentials and Other Checks

By Matthew Coffman |

It is common for Ohio employers to use background checks when making employment decisions. Many businesses find background checks to be a valuable tool when going through the hiring process. That said, it is essential the tool is used in a legal way. There are steps an employer needs to take when making employment… Read More »

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Who Pays for Employee Uniforms?

By Matthew Coffman |

In some workplaces, employers require employees to wear uniforms or dress in a certain way. For instance, a restaurant or cafe may require everyone working the counter or waiting tables to wear dark pants and a white shirt. In other circumstances, a specific uniform is provided. For example, a law enforcement officer wears the… Read More »

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Isn’t It My First Amendment Right to Speak My Mind at Work?

By Matthew Coffman |

While it is true that Americans have First Amendment rights, including free speech, it does not guarantee how others will respond. Yes, the First Amendment allows you to freely express your views. But, if you speak your mind at work the First Amendment does not protect you from termination. Free speech is a core… Read More »

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What Is Severance Pay?

By Matthew Coffman |

When there is a termination of employment, there may be an offer of severance pay. The amount granted may be calculated based on the length of employment, an amount may be stated within an employee contract, or may be a number arbitrarily selected by an employer. If you are in the process of negotiating… Read More »

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Should I Talk to an Employment Lawyer?

By Matthew Coffman |

There are many situations in which employees wonder if they should talk to an employment attorney. They may be upset by the inequitable salaries at the workplace. Or they may be a victim of harassment or discrimination. There are many, many reasons to seek justice. If an employer has treated you in an unlawful… Read More »

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What Do I Do If My Boss Didn’t Pay Me Correctly?

By Matthew Coffman |

If you are working for an employer who did not pay you when they were supposed to or incorrectly calculated your wages, legal action may be a possibility. Unfortunately, too many workers let a situation go because they do not believe they can afford an attorney. But, if you have been a victim of… Read More »

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A Path Forward After a Wrongful Termination

By Matthew Coffman |

It is always stressful to lose a job. The event can lead to self-doubt and can create financial problems for families. And while there are a broad range of reasons Ohio employers can legally let workers go, there are also instances of illegal termination. Legal reasons to fire a worker include safety concerns, poor… Read More »

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FLEET MANAGER MISCLASSIFICATION OVERTIME LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST HOGAN SERVICES, TRANSPORTS, DEDICATED SERVICES

By Matthew Coffman |

FLSA Overtime Attorneys at Coffman Legal, LLC filed a Collective and Class Action Lawsuit against Hogan Services, Inc, Hogan Transports, Inc, and Hogan Dedicated Services, LLC (“Hogan”) for the alleged misclassification of Fleet Managers as exempt employees (and not entitled to overtime pay) rather than non-exempt (and eligible for overtime pay) to avoid paying… Read More »

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Is It Legal for Employers to Run Background Checks?

By Matthew Coffman |

Yes, an employer can legally run a background check. As long as the process follows applicable laws, the employer has the right to look into an individual’s education, employment history, and any evidence of a criminal record. But, there are times when places of business run illegal background checks, too. For example, it is… Read More »

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Age Discrimination In Ohio Workplaces

By Matthew Coffman |

Over 50 years ago, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) was written into law by Congress. The labor law prohibits employment discrimination against United States individuals who are 40 years old or older. President Lyndon B. Johnson was the one who signed the ADEA into law. With an aging population in the U.S.,… Read More »

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Will My Employer Adjust My Job Duties Because I’m Pregnant?

By Matthew Coffman |

According to the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, pregnancy is a protected status. It is a form of gender discrimination to discriminate against a pregnant woman in the workplace. Plus, pregnancy is not only protected on a national level, it is also shielded in our state under the Ohio Fair Employment Practice Law. When… Read More »

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How Long Does It Take to Litigate a Case?

By Matthew Coffman |

Litigating a case is a term that is used to sum up the litigation process, this includes filing a complaint, presenting at trial, and all of the steps between the initial filing and the final court appearance at a jury or bench trial. If you were in a circumstance where you feel your worker… Read More »

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UNPAID OVERTIME LAWSUIT FILED BY CALL CENTER EMPLOYEES AGAINST TELEPERFORMANCE USA (TPUSA) IS CONDITIONALLY CERTIFIED AS COLLECTIVE ACTION

By Matthew Coffman |

Coffman Legal’s Overtime Attorneys filed a Collective and Class Action Lawsuit against Teleperformance USA (TPUSA) on behalf of call center employees in Ohio who were allegedly not compensated for all overtime work performed. On May 20, 2029, Coffman Legal, LLC filed a Collective and Class Action Complaint against Teleperformance USA (TPUSA) on behalf of… Read More »

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What is Tip Pooling and Is It Legal?

By Matthew Coffman |

Individuals who work in the service industry often rely on tips for a portion of their income. Some of the workers who depend on tips include bartenders, servers, individuals who clear tables between customers, and counter staff. While all of these professions across the business may receive tips, how the tips are handled legally… Read More »

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Working During the Pandemic and Wage Issues

By Matthew Coffman |

As coronavirus continues to spread, many employers are changing the rules of how and where employees can work. Taking direction from public health officials and others within the industry, more and more supervisors are allowing employees to work from home even as stay at home orders are lifted. In other cases, schedules have changed… Read More »

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Best Practices for Reopening Your Business

By Matthew Coffman |

While many Ohio businesses can reopen, there are still precautions to consider as cases of coronavirus are still being reported. If you are a business owner who is trying to balance employee safety and local guidelines, you may be seeking advice. Some of the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) follow…. Read More »

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Do I Need to Hire an Ohio Employment Lawyer?

By Matthew Coffman |

Are you wondering if you would benefit from a discussion with an Ohio employment attorney? If the question is on your mind, chances are you could use legal guidance. Employment lawyers can help businesses navigate employment laws and government regulations, which can help in avoiding litigation in the future. And employees can learn their… Read More »

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What ADA Protections Do I Have at My Ohio Job?

By Matthew Coffman |

Are you aware of the protections you have under the American with Disability Act (ADA)? The ADA is in place to protect workers from discrimination. It ensures access to government services, public transportation, commercial stores, transportation, and telecommunications. The act stops employers from discriminating against workers with disabilities. Which Employers Are Required to Follow… Read More »

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Can Individuals Continue Unemployment Instead of Returning to Work?

By Matthew Coffman |

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, unemployment claims have skyrocketed, with reports of over 36 million U.S. workers filing for benefits since the middle of March. Some of these workers were laid off permanently while others were furloughed, a term that suggests an employee may be able to return to their position when economic conditions… Read More »

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