Contrary to what some might think, many business owners, regardless of the size of their businesses, are interested in not only monitoring their bottom lines, but also in keeping their employees happy as they work to keep their businesses thriving. However, besides the dollar signs, a business owner should also be concerned with avoiding employee lawsuits. Most Cincinnati employment lawyers know being able to resolve employer/employee disputes without litigation is advantageous for everyone involved. There are several things employers should do to avoid the courtroom and focus on the success of the business.
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In today’s economy, many Ohio workers are simply glad to have some level of income, regardless of its size. However, it is important for workers to realize they have certain rights under the law with respect to how much they are paid for hours worked. Just about any Ohio employment lawyer will tell you individuals who are paid on an hourly basis have a right to be paid for each and every hour worked, and requests to have employees work “off the clock” violate the law.
Ohio has very specific laws with regard to minimum wage, and some employees may not realize there are also certain rules specific to overtime, breaks/meals, and leave (if leave benefits are offered by the employer).
Unfortunately, workplace discrimination is more common than many people realize. Individuals who have been discriminated against may or may not be aware of the discrimination because some discriminatory acts may be well disguised by employers. But an employment attorney in Cincinnati will tell you that if you believe you have been the subject of discrimination in the workplace, you should consider sharing those concerns with an attorney as soon as possible in order to determine whether or not you have a valid claim.
Under the law, discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, age, sex, color, disability, military or veteran status, national origin and/or religion strictly prohibited.