Civil Rights & Constitutional Law
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June 16, 2016
• Practice Areas • Employment
At The Chandra Law Firm LLC, in Cleveland, Ohio, we dedicate a large portion of our boutique litigation practice's efforts to protecting the rights of workers in certain limited types of employment-law disputes. Our efforts have led to six- and seven-figure settlements and trial verdicts in favor of our clients.
We have built this record by providing tenacious representation, often devising creative case strategies in the face of overwhelming odds against our clients. We do this while providing personal representation with each of our clients, proving that we are serious when we say "your case is our cause."®
Before you contact us, here is one of the most important things you need to know:
Most states including Ohio are "at-will-employment" states. That means that employers can mistreat and even fire you "at will," that is, for almost any reason—including completely unfair and irrational ones. Yes, your boss can be completely crazy and there's generally nothing you can do about it.
The few exceptions to "at-will" employment are rare, but carved out in the law.
Those exceptions to employers' almost total freedom include discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex or gender, disability, or age—or for having reasonably complained about such discrimination taking place against yourself or others (or participating in an investigation of such discrimination). Another exception includes if you were a whistleblower about certain types of illegal conduct. And public employees have certain rights including First Amendment, free-speech protection.
In general though, even if your supervisor is just plain mean and irrational—there's nothing that can be done about that legally. Every day, we respectfully decline two-dozen requests for advice and representation because of these principles.
State and federal laws like Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provide you with a host of protections designed to help you work in an environment free from discrimination based on race, sex, gender, national origin, and religtion, as well as sexual harassment.
You should also never face any type of retaliation, including wrongful termination, for blowing the whistle on illegal behavior.
We have a broad range of experience in these types of cases, including those involving the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, and your ability to freely exercise your First Amendment right to free speech.
We can also counsel you and protect your rights when you have an employee contract with a non-competition agreement. Employers often draft these agreements too broadly to be legally enforceable, but the law can be tricky in this area and careful scrutiny of agreements by lawyers experienced with this area of law is advisable.
Our work has led to our involvement in class-action cases. And in instances where large class actions have fallen apart, attorneys have recommended us to individual clients because of our ability to secure positive results against major corporations, whether at trial or in settlement negotiations.
In these types of cases, there is no substitute for skilled, experienced representation. Our lawyers are ready to help you in your fight for justice.
You can reach our firm, which serves clients throughout Ohio and the nation, by calling 216-578-1700 or by filling out our online contact form.
At Chandra Law, your case is our cause.®
Business disputes are not only expensive, but they can take a life of their own, draining the energy of executives and entrepreneurs alike.
Lawsuits are expensive. So expensive, in fact, that the cost of litigating a matter can easily exceed the damages a successful plaintiff can expect to recover. That's where class actions come in.
Freedom of speech, of the press, of religion, from excessive force, from unreasonable searches and seizure, from government discrimination. Due process of law.
If you are a crime victim, there’s an Ohio law that may help you seek justice. Ohio Revised Code Section 2307.60 authorizes crime victims to file civil lawsuits against the persons responsible for injuring them. The statute applies broadly.
People who are deaf or have hearing loss have rights under federal and state law that enable meaningful participation in everyday life. From schools to hospitals to the workplace, deaf people are entitled to a fair opportunity to communicate.
Since 1996, it has been a federal crime to misappropriate a company's trade secrets with the knowledge or intent that the theft will benefit a foreign power.
No matter the industry in which you work, federal and all states' laws provide extensive protections against discrimination and retaliation for reporting discrimination.
Federal and state law protects individuals willing to stand up for themselves and others when they reasonable believe unlawful discrimination or other illegal activity has taken or is taking place.
If you work for a company that does business with the federal government or any of its agencies, and you suspect that your employer, or anyone else, has been engaged in fraudulent activity, federal law offers you protection.
Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), eligible employees are entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance.
Our experience and success in protecting these rights against government infringement is hardly paralleled. We particularly focus on First Amendment
Most people who call us to complain about being treated badly at work describe their workplace as a "hostile work environment." Perhaps because they've heard that term bandied about. But the truth is, that term has a very, narrow legal meaning.
Companies, governments, non-profit organizations, and interested citizens engage The Chandra Law Firm LLC in Cleveland and draw on our experiences to investigate potential misconduct.
For years, LGBT people had no legal protection from discrimination in employment, housing, education, and other aspects of American life. Things are starting to change, although they have not changed enough. We stand ready in the fight.
The Chandra Law Firm LLC's lawyers have extensive experience representing individuals and businesses in cases involving non-competition agreements and unfair competition.
Most pregnant women continue to work through their pregnancies. Unfortunately, some employers are convinced that treating pregnant employees fairly and equally hurts the bottom line.
Sadly, far too many workers are still the victims of discrimination because of their race. While the law is on your side, proving that racism is the driving cause behind your suffering at work is a complex task requiring skilled representation.
While most people find that discussing religion is a subject best suited for doing so privately, many people unfortunately still have their religion held against them at the workplace, or by governments.
Sexual harassment is still a serious problem in workplaces across the country. If you are a victim, it can be hard to come forward out of fears of retaliation. But the Chandra Law Firm LLC will have your back in your fight for justice.
Recognizing the importance of labor conditions to the health, efficiency, and wellbeing of American workers, Congress enacted the Fair Labor Standards Act.
But the False Claims Act is tricky, and there are many pitfalls for the unwary. Experience in these cases makes a big difference.