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Non-exempt, day-rate employee challenges Gulfport Energy Corporation’s Alleged Misclassification of the Employee as an Independent Contractor to Avoid Overtime Pay

By Matthew Coffman |

FLSA Overtime Attorneys at Coffman Legal, LLC filed a Collective and Class Action Lawsuit against Gulfport Energy Corporation for the alleged misclassification of employees as “independent contractors” in order to not properly pay overtime wages earned pursuant to FLSA. On April 8, 2020, the law firm of Coffman Legal, LLC filed a Collective and… Read More »

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Is an Ohio Independent Contractor Eligible for Workers’ Compensation?

By Matthew Coffman |

Over the last decade, there has been an increase of Ohio independent contractors. There are now self-employed individuals within many industries, from industry professionals to service providers. If you are an independent contractor in Ohio and are wondering if you are eligible for workers’ compensation, the answer is not a simple yes or no…. Read More »

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5 Circumstances that Are Not Examples of Wrongful Termination

By Matthew Coffman |

When an employee is fired, they may believe there was not a legal justification for their termination. In some instances, they are right. That said, there are situations when an employer is allowed to terminate an employee. If you have been fired from an Ohio job, talk to a Columbus employment attorney about your… Read More »

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What is Intermittent FMLA Leave?

By Matthew Coffman |

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a United States labor law enacted in 1993. FMLA is the right for eligible employees to take unpaid leave for specific medical and family reasons. Because of FMLA, these leaves are job-protected and ensure the person has continued group health insurance coverage under the same terms and… Read More »

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Can I Be Compensated for Travel Time?

By Matthew Coffman |

With employees spending so much time traveling to and from work, it is common for workers to wonder if they should be compensated for travel during work hours. While your commute time to work is not compensable (meaning that your employer is not required to compensate you for that), your employer must pay for… Read More »

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Do you have any rights to paid leave during the Coronavirus pandemic?

By Matthew Coffman |

We are in an uncertain time with the Coronavirus pandemic spreading throughout our country. Many employees wonder their rights to leave to protect themselves and their families or because they or someone in their home may be at risk. The government has passed new laws related to the Coronavirus pandemic that give employees rights… Read More »

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When Background Checks Impact Employment

By Matthew Coffman |

It is common for employers to use background checks when making an employment decision, such as whether to hire an applicant. Sometimes they are even required, especially if the job that is being filled has duties that include security clearance requirements. The problem with prospective employers using background checks to make employment decisions is… Read More »

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What should be my overtime rate of pay?

By Matthew Coffman |

Overtime pay can be confusing. Employees’ entitlement to overtime pay often results in litigation and legal claims because employers are doing one of many things wrong, such as not paying employees at the correct overtime rate, not paying employees for all overtime work performed, or even not paying employees overtime at all. In this… Read More »

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Employer Retaliation and Workers’ Compensation

By Matthew Coffman |

If an employee files a claim for workers’ compensation, their place of employment cannot lawfully retaliate or terminate that individual. A firing in connection with a workers’ compensation claim is illegal retaliation and a wrongful termination lawsuit could result. Of course, if there is another reason for the firing, an employer may say that… Read More »

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What Is the Prevailing Wage Rights Law in Ohio?

By Matthew Coffman |

According to Ohio law, prevailing wage laws are applicable to the wages and hours received on certain public work projects. Improvements that are being funded, in whole or in part, by public dollars. The overall project does have to have a certain cost to be subject to prevailing wage rights law. Talk to a… Read More »

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The Right to Work Light Duty When Pregnant

By Matthew Coffman |

Pregnancy is an exciting time for many families. As they watch what they eat and plan a baby room in their house, women continue to work as well. That said, pregnancy discrimination does exist. It is important to understand the rights of pregnant working women while growing your family. If you suspect you have… Read More »

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Tipped Employees Have Legal Rights

By Matthew Coffman |

Tips can be a big part of an individual’s income, particularly if they are employed in a restaurant or other business in the hospitality industry. But, unfortunately, sometimes employers take advantage of employees who rely on tips. They might forgo minimum wage requirements or not be clear with employees about pay. Remember, the minimum… Read More »

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Emotional Distress at Work

By Matthew Coffman |

If you are experiencing emotional distress because of your employer, you may be entitled to compensation. But, compensation is possible only in certain instances. In most situations, it needs to be proven that you suffered from discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. The retaliation may have been a suspension or termination, for example. In connection to… Read More »

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Overtime for Salaried Employees

By Matthew Coffman |

Not many people have an issue with working long hours as long as their paycheck reflects all of the work that they are performing. After working for over 40 hours a week, the overtime pay is usually a welcome benefit. But, not all workers qualify for overtime pay. It’s worthwhile to know when overtime… Read More »

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FLSA Overtime Statute of Limitations

By Matthew Coffman |

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employers provide at least time and a half for any hours worked over 40 in a week. States can provide more benefits to workers, but the federal law is the absolute “floor” that states cannot go below. If you have been unfairly denied overtime pay,… Read More »

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Am I entitled to overtime pay for work performed before or after my scheduled shift?

By Matthew Coffman |

One common issue that we often see resulting in claims for unpaid overtime occurs when employees are not being compensated for time working before the scheduled start, or after the scheduled end, of their shifts. Many employers pay employees based on their scheduled shifts rather than based on the time they are on the… Read More »

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How to File an Age Discrimination in Employment Act Charge

By Matthew Coffman |

It is illegal for Ohio employers to discriminate against employees on the basis of age. This prohibition applies to all aspects of employment, including hiring, termination, promotion, wages and benefits, and training, among others. The law also prohibits harassment based on age. If you believe you have suffered illegal age discrimination, you should meet… Read More »

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Are Day Rate Employees Entitled to Overtime?

By Matthew Coffman |

Employees who are paid a “day rate” are often not being paid all of the overtime and other wages that they are entitled to receive under the law, including unpaid overtime or other wages. What is day rate compensation? Day rate compensation occurs when employees are paid by the day, regardless of the number… Read More »

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What is overtime and how is it paid?

By Matthew Coffman |

In this blog, we will provide a very basic background of what overtime pay is and how overtime pay is earned. What is overtime pay? Overtime pay is the increased pay required for non-exempt employees when they work over 40 hours in a workweek. The Fair Labor Standards Act is the federal law that… Read More »

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How Does the New Overtime Rule Affect My Overtime Pay?

By Matthew Coffman |

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a new rule on September 24, 2019 that raises the minimum threshold salary for exempt employees. If you have any questions about how this new rule will affect your overtime entitlement, you may contact our Columbus Ohio Overtime Lawyer. The Prior Rule Under the prior rule, the minimum… Read More »

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