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1 Answer | Asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: If you live in ohio but work in pennsylvania do you get the medical cannibis discrimination protections as pennsylvania?

Someone who lives in PA gets protections from being fired if they have a medical card. But Ohio doesn't have any of that.

So if I live in Ohio but work in PA would I not get these protections because I live in Ohio and have an Ohio medical card?

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss
answered on Sep 16, 2022

No. Pennsylvania law applies to Pennsylvania companies. They would not be able to terminate so long as you are in compliance with Pennsylvania's medical marijuana laws.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: I am an hourly worker, I am required to be at work and do work, I do college assignemnts when free do I get pay during?
Matthew J.P. Coffman
Matthew J.P. Coffman
answered on Aug 31, 2022

Whether an employee is entitled to pay will depend on the circumstances. If you are required to be at work and are performing work, this is certainly compensable time. Employees must be paid for work suffered or permitted. Based on your description of the issue, you are at work and are required to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Ohio on
Q: I had a cup of hot string bean juice thrown in my face by another employee at my job what are my options on what to do

I didn't suffer any major Burns but mentally I have been stressed out since she threw this cup of string beans used in my face burning my face and neck eyes and Chin what are my options

James Monast
James Monast
answered on Aug 31, 2022

You have a valid work injury claim. If you have developed an emotional reaction to your injuries and the incident, you may be able to get treatment under your claim. You'd have to have a psychologist or other mental health professional confirm a diagnosis and file a motion to have the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: I work for large Union tricking company I fell at home they are my chart medical record's can I refuse not be fired?

I have clearance paperwork from doctor

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 16, 2022

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. You may want to repost this and add Employment Law as a category, as you have issues here that an employment law attorney would have better insight into than a personal injury attorney. Employers are going to want to see... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Personal Injury and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Publicly shamed in office for a born disability, reported it, quit, offered severance to not sue.. what are my options?

Former coworkers publicly shamed me for my walleye by printing crossed eyed pictures and hanging them in the office. They also harassed with a number of other photos taken in the bathroom and hung them up. As you can imagine, this really took a toll on me and put me in a very depressed state for 6... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 23, 2022

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. I'm sorry for your ordeal. Your category selections straddle a number of areas, but you did not include Employment Law as a heading. That might be one reason why the post remained open. You could reach out to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Can my boss take out break time?

My job lets us take an unpaid 30 minute lunch break everyday. Sometimes, we are so busy that we work right through the break and do not have a chance to take this break, which includes working the entire shift. Can my boss legally still take this 30 minutes off my paycheck every shift even when I... Read more »

Rebecca Hill
Rebecca Hill
answered on Jun 20, 2022

Generally, under federal and state wage and hour laws your employer is not required to compensate you for bona fide meal periods lasting 20 minutes or more. However, if you work during your meal break the meal break is no longer bona fide.

You should call an employment attorney to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: former employer is suing me what can I do?

To give you a little background on the situation I recently left one employer for another. I took a LOA after about a week being on my LOA I decided to take a position I was offered and sent my former HR manager my resignation via email. I sent my resignation email on April 1, 2022. My LOA started... Read more »

Rebecca Hill
Rebecca Hill
answered on Jun 15, 2022

If you do not respond the lawsuit filed against you, the plaintiff can obtain a default judgment against you. More information is needed to provide you with specific advice. You should call an attorney and get an evaluation of your situation.

Q: My current employer is asking me to sign an updated restrictive covenant covering idea’s and patents.

My current employer is asking me to sign an updated restrictive covenant covering idea’s and patents.

I am concerned because, outside of my current employment. And outside of my current employers scope of business. I wish to pursue several patents.

The wording of this document... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jun 8, 2022

Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local intellectual property attorney who can review the document, your current activities regarding other patents, and then advise you accordingly of any changes to the document before you sign it.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: How binding is a non compete agreement at non management level?

Non compete agreements are often a condition of being hired. As such, I signed it when hired as I have bills to pay like everyone else. Otherwise, I would not sign as it would interfere with my right to pursue my career path. Now looking for work, how concerned should I be with that non compete... Read more »

Rebecca Hill
Rebecca Hill
answered on May 31, 2022

You should have your non-compete agreement reviewed by an attorney. An attorney would need to review the specific language of your agreement and speak with you about your employment and future job opportunities to be able to properly advise you on your obligations under the agreement, the extent... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Can an employer reduce the pay rate of your final paycheck to minimum wage if you do not provide two weeks notice?

For context, employees are required to sign for this policy.

Rebecca Hill
Rebecca Hill
answered on May 4, 2022

Ohio is an at-will state, meaning that an employer can change the terms and conditions of the employees employment for any reason or no reason at all. This means that an employer could implement a policy reducing hourly rates if an employee fails to provide a two weeks' notice as long as the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: I was fired for retaliation by the owner of the restaurant I worked for what can I do

Basically when I worked at this place the owner after working a 14 or 15 hour day screwed up taking my money at the end of the night when I told him about this he pretty much told me too bad this is the way it’s gonna be and also refused to give me my Tips I then contacted his boss who in turn... Read more »

Rebecca Hill
Rebecca Hill
answered on May 4, 2022

You should speak to an attorney and have your case evaluated. Your employer may have violated federal and Ohio wage and hour laws by withholding your tips. While tip pooling arrangements are permissible, management and supervisory personnel are not permitted to participate. Federal and Ohio wage... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Can you be rightfully fired for failing a breathalyzer at work the next day after drinking the night before?

Received a breathalyzer at work and failed but wasn’t drinking but had drank the night before

Edmond Mack
Edmond Mack
answered on Mar 29, 2022

Assuming your position with your employer was an at-will employment relationship, it would may be difficult to challenge the legality of your employer's decision to end this at-will relationship based upon a failed breathalyzer test, regardless of whether you consumed alcohol that day or not,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law, Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for Ohio on
Q: What can I do if I am on the receiving end of a threatening text message from an ex-coworker in Ohio?

An ex-coworker sent me a text message stating people will be going after me after he talks to them and they will beat me, this is after he caused me issues at work by lying to HR and almost getting me fired.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Mar 25, 2022

You can do one or both of the following: report the matter to the police, and/or seek a civil protection order.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Business Law for Ohio on
Q: Do I have a lawsuit if other employees at my job are harassing, intimidating, and bullying me with no consequences

There was a employee group chat started that included every employee except for me, where I was the topic of conversation and only negative things that were very defaming were said by two of my employees and even my general manager chimed in. When I brought this to my district managers attention... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Mar 9, 2022

That's probably something you should first discuss with the company HR department. If you are being harassed, then you might have a claim against the company if it fails to act. So in that case, use the Find a Lawyer tab to talk to a local employment law attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Can a Amended charge that got changed to a lesser charge still affect employment?

I’m starting a health care job pending back ground check. I was convicted of a misdemeanor of disorderly conduct 2019 that was changed from child endangerment. Could the amended charge affect employment?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Mar 7, 2022

Yes, it could. You should get the records sealed but you should also know that healthcare providers, if they ask correctly, can get access to sealed records.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Ohio on
Q: I live in ohio and make $13 per hour as a barista. My boss allows me to keep cash tips but not digital tips

I am missing out on a decent amount of money because most people tip on card instead of cash

Rachel A. Sabo
Rachel A. Sabo
answered on Mar 4, 2022

Good morning, this practice may be unlawful. I would recommend speaking with an attorney about this. Feel free to give our office a call - we'd be happy to discuss it with you. 614 610 9755.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Pay from Employer

I was recently offered a promotion at my job that included a monthly bonus and hourly rate increase on December 1, 2021 at which time I accepted via email. However, the promotion was still being processed and I never signed any official documents. Beginning in January, our company took away our... Read more »

Rebecca Hill
Rebecca Hill
answered on Feb 3, 2022

Unless you have an employment contract or a union collective bargaining agreement that says otherwise, your employer can adjust or reduce your hourly rate of pay at anytime. However, employers cannot reduce an hourly employee's pay below minimum wage for all hours worked in a workweek.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: I faced discrimination and got fired while having covid do I have a case

I started a new job Jan 3rd and had faced multiple comments from my boss about me bieng left handed all of witch are video recorded on cameras that have sound but would require a warrant to get I tested positive for covid on the 19th and my boss said that I would be out for 10 days I called in... Read more »

Rebecca Hill
Rebecca Hill
answered on Feb 3, 2022

Under both Federal and Ohio it is unlawful for employers to discriminate against employees based on their membership in a "protected class" such as their gender, race, religion, nationality ect. Being left or right handed is not a "protected class." Although your employer's... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Can an employer hire and promote a candidate for management over immediate family members in Ohio?

I was let go from a position this week without any warning or documentation. Later that day, I found out that person promoted to my position will now be in charge of her best friend and her sister. At the time, I was currently gathering evidence and paperwork against these employees for time clock... Read more »

Rebecca Hill
Rebecca Hill
answered on Jan 28, 2022

Ohio is an "at-will" employment state, meaning that your employer can terminate you for any reason, or no reason at all as long as your termination does not violate the law. Ohio and Federal law prohibit employers from terminating employees because of their membership in a protected class... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Can an employer charge you for quitting?

They said we’re required to give 30 days notice and if we don’t, they’ll charge us $500.

Rebecca Hill
Rebecca Hill
answered on Jan 14, 2022

There is not enough information here to fully answer your question. Do you have an employment contract that requires you to provide your employer with 30-days notice before ending your employment? Are you paid on an hourly basis? If you are an hourly employee and not a properly classified exempt... Read more »

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