Sexual assault is as much of a problem in the military as it is in other traditional workplaces and in college campuses nationwide. The University of Cincinnati leadership is working hard to prevent sexual assault and violence by teaming up with the UC Army ROTC to sign a sexual assault prevention charter and launching the #UCItsOnUs Movement as part of the national #ItsOnUs campaign. Lt. Col. Jason Bender referred to sexual assault as a “societal problem”, and while neither the college nor the Army can solve the problem, they can “change the culture around the Army and the University”. Changing the culture is an important step in protecting men and women from becoming victims of sexual misconduct.
The law protects employees from termination and other forms of retaliation for reporting certain kinds of activities and wrongful conduct. However, not all reports are protected. A case recently decided by the Supreme Court of Ohio clarified that persons working in nursing homes and similar long term care facilities cannot be retaliated against for making a report of suspected abuse or neglect of a resident of the facility: Hulsmeyer v. Hospice of Southwest Ohio, Inc.
The law protects employees who are terminated on the basis of certain characteristics, including but not limited to, race, sex, religion, pregnancy, age, and disability. The law provides less protection for employees who voluntarily resign from their employment as a result of discrimination based on these characteristics. [Read more…]
A Federal Court of Appeals recently expanded employer liability for sexual discrimination by finding an employer may be liable when a co-worker’s discriminatory ill-will causes an employee’s termination. If this decision is adopted by local courts, employees may receive greater protection from sexual harassment at work. [Read more…]
In general, retaliation in the workplace can involve any adverse action taken by an employer against an employee who has made a complaint with respect to harassment, discrimination, or other violations of employment law. Your Cincinnati employment lawyer knows employers are not permitted to impede or discourage employees from taking part in any investigations related to such issues, no matter whether the investigation is conducted by a governmental entity or an in-house investigation team. Employment retaliation consists of three components: a protected activity, a covered employee, and an adverse action. [Read more…]
Nassar v. University of Texas is a case Ohio and Cincinnati employment lawyers will have to consider when evaluating employment retaliation claims.
Dr. Naiel Nassar was a faculty member at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (“UTSW”) and a clinician at an affiliated hospital clinic, Parkland. Of Middle Eastern descent, Dr. Nassar was subjected to disparaging comments about his nationality from his supervisor’s supervisor, Dr. Beth Levine. Dr. Levine also scrutinized Dr. Nassar’s productivity and billing practices more than that of other doctors. [Read more…]