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Trick or Treat 2018 - Dates, Times and Locations in Northeast Ohio

Perhaps one of the best parts about October is trick or treat! Everyone gets to dress up, trying to get as much candy as possible, and just have fun. We have put together a GIANT list of the trick or treat times in Northeast Ohio. Parents, keep your children safe by walking with them during trick or treat and checking their candy afterwards. We hope every has a safe and fun Halloween!

Overtime Suit Filed Against Old Dominion Freight Line Inc.

Last week, a lawsuit was filed against Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. for unpaid overtime. The Named Plaintiff is seeking unpaid overtime on behalf of himself and other yard switchers (drivers who move trailers to and from loading docks). The Named Plaintiff alleges that mangers responded to the workers' request for overtime pay by saying "that's just how it is."

Basic Job Protections Established by the Family Medical Leave Act

Under the terms of the Family Medical Leave Act, many workers in Ohio gain protection from job loss when they have serious health problems or must care for a close family member. To qualify, one must be employed full time for 12 months at the workplace. Once the employee takes medical leave, their employer cannot legally terminate their employment, make negative work evaluations because of taking leave or apply any other discipline due to taking leave.

Qualifying employees may ask for up to 12 weeks off when they experience serious health problems. Leave is also available when someone needs to take care of a spouse, child or parent suffering from a bad health condition. Furthermore, childbirth and adoption represent valid reasons to request time off.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As many know, October is breast cancer awareness month. Nilges Draher LLC has decided to take this month to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). For every new like on the Nilges Draher Facebook page, we will donate $1 to BCRF. We chose BCRF because they are the top-rated breast cancer organization in the United States and 90% of their donations go to research and awareness programs

EEOC Sues Bath & Body Works for Disability Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit on September 26, 2018 alleging that Bath & Body Works refused to consider a reasonable accommodation request made by an employee and then discharged her because of her disability. Bath & Body Works is a national retail chain that sells bath and beauty products.

Happy Fall! Safety Tips for an Enjoyable Fall Season

Fall has to be one of my favorite seasons. While everyone else is wishing for a few more days of summer, I am counting down the days until the leaves start changing colors and the temperature begins to cool. With the coming of a new season, however, comes a new set of safety concerns. Here are a few to help you and your family have a safe and happy fall!

AARP Identifies Warning Signs of Age Discrimination at Work

Age discrimination might sneak up gradually on employees in Ohio. For this reason, AARP has published information about ageism in the workplace to help people recognize the warning signs. The organization advocates for older people, and one of its senior attorneys recommends that people document changes in treatment at work as soon as they notice them because they might need the information to defend themselves from discrimination if it emerges.

At large companies with many employees, age discrimination might become apparent if layoffs and firings affect older workers more than younger workers. This form of discrimination is currently the subject of a lawsuit against IBM. Three former employees allege that the company targeted older employees for dismissal and would not consider them for open positions.

You can ask for reasonable accommodations for PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder should not be taken lightly. This mental health issue can be debilitating for you. If you want to continue to work and support you and your family, your employer cannot stop you. The law protects you from discrimination due to PTSD.

Of course, your employer does not have to keep you on if you present a danger to yourself and others, but those dangers must present a substantial risk of significant harm in order to be a valid reason for terminating you. Your employer cannot make that assessment based on stereotypes or myths about PTSD. In fact, if you can perform your job duties with reasonable accommodation, your employer cannot discriminate against you in any way.

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