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Massillon, OH Employment Law Attorneys

We fight for justice in Stark County

You have rights in the workplace in Massillon (and elsewhere).  Those rights include, but are not limited to, the right to not be subject to unlawful harassment, discrimination or retaliation.  The right to protected medical leave, if you qualify.  The right to a reasonable accommodation - including unpaid leave - for a qualifying disability.  The right to be paid for all of the hours you worked, including overtime.

If you believe your rights were violated at work, contact us.  We can help.  We offer a free case evaluation with one of our experienced employment law attorneys.  That attorney will answer all of your questions and explain the employment laws that apply to your circumstances.

Nilges Draher LLC
7266 Portage Street NW, Suite D
Massillon, OH 44646
330-470-4428

Ohio state and federal laws governing wrongful termination, discrimination and other employment law matters are complex. They dictate where you can file your claim, when you have to file your claim, and the relief you can ask for, among other things. There are also a number of factors to consider when assessing your claim and determining the best evidence to support your claim. Chances are your employer has hired expensive lawyers to defend its interests. They are not concerned with your interests. But we are.

The sooner you take action, the better. Employment laws have strict deadlines called statutes of limitations that require you to file your claim within a certain period of time. For example, some have a 90-day deadline and some have a 6-year deadline. In addition, the passage of time may present other challenges, such as lost or destroyed evidence.

Schedule an appointment to speak with an attorney at Nilges Draher LLC today. We have an office in Massillon and serve clients throughout Ohio and beyond.

How can we help you?

Our law firm handles a wide range of employment law cases in Massillon and elsewhere. Some of the most common cases we handle involve the following legal matters:

Put your trust in our law firm

Employment law issues are complex, but we make it easy for you. We have the knowledge and experience to defend your rights. At Nilges Draher, we focus only on employment law, and we only represent employees. We are 100% committed to providing you the excellent service you deserve. If you need us, we can help.

We've recovered over $26 million dollars* (and counting) for workers. We can help recover your unpaid wages, too. Our success and commitment to excellence are demonstrated in our case results and client testimonials.

Employment Law

Employment law cases can cover a wide range in Massillon. One of the most common reasons why people contact us involves workplace retaliation. This often occurs when someone speaks out about harassment or discrimination in the workplace, especially if your supervisor or boss is the one harassing you.

Retaliation in the workplace can take many forms. You may have a strong legal case if your employer retaliated against you in the following ways:

  • Wrongfully terminated you
  • Demoted you without warning
  • Promoted a less experienced co-worker
  • Denied your raise
  • Transferred you to a less desirable office or work shift

If you experienced any of these situations, contact us today.

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Wrongful Termination

Even though Ohio is an at-will employment state, that does not mean employers have a free pass to violate your legal rights. Some of these rights include the right not to be terminated because of your age, race, gender, disability or other protected reasons. The right not to be terminated for reporting unlawful activity, such as unsafe work conditions or illegal pay practices, among other things. The right not to be terminated for taking protected medical leave, if eligible. These are just a few examples of your rights in the workplace.

Employers are obligated to follow the state, federal and local employment laws.  If you believe you were wrongfully terminated, contact us. We can help.

Chances are your employer will insist that there are legitimate reasons for its unlawful conduct.  Your employer will use any excuse to justify the termination. We will fight back. We'll find the evidence needed to support your claim and get relief you need and deserve. Contact a Massilon wrongful termination attorney today.

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Discrimination

Not all workplace discrimination is against the law. But workplace discrimination that is based on your membership in a protected class, such as age (over 40 years old), gender, disability, race, national origin, religious beliefs and ethnic, is illegal.

In some cases, unlawful workplace discrimination is blatantly obvious - like a supervisor making comments and jokes about your age or disability or some other protected characteristic.  In other cases, the unlawful discrimination is subtle - like the denial of a promotion or other opportunities at work.

In none of these cases will your employer admit that they unlawfully discriminated against you.  Instead, they will try to justify their behavior.  They will hire expensive lawyers to defend them.  Those lawyers are paid to protect your employer's interests. That is why you need us to protect yours.

A Massillon discrimination attorney at our firm can review the details of your case and explain which laws apply in your specific circumstances. We can then develop a strategy that addresses your unique situation.

The sooner you take action, the better. We can act quickly to find evidence and develop a winning legal strategy. Keep in mind that employment laws have strict deadlines called statute of limitations that require you to file your claim within a certain period of time. The statutes vary widely; for example, some have a 90-day deadline and some have a 6-year deadline. Contact us today.  We can help.

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Harassment

Are you being harassed on the job in Massillon? Is your supervisor not doing anything about it? Or maybe your supervisor's the one who's harassing you? You shouldn't have to put up with such behavior at work - and a Massillon harassment attorney can help.

We thoroughly understand the harassment laws. We know what evidence matters in such cases. And we know how to litigate them in state or federal court in Stark County and elsewhere. Workplace harassment can cover a wide range of activities. Contact us if you have experienced any of the following forms of harassment at work:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Verbal harassment (teasing, taunting, offensive comments, etc.) about your disability,  gender, age, religion or other protected characteristic.
  • Racial harassment

Other workplace harassment claims are also common. If something seems wrong, say something. Contact our Massillon office today.

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Medical Leave and FMLA

In most cases, you have the right to unpaid time off from work for medical reasons or to care for a newborn child or family member. Most Massillon employers respect these rights, which are guaranteed for most workers under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

But some companies think the law doesn't apply to them. Instead, they think they can deny your medical leave request or threaten to fire you if you exercise your rights. That's not right. That's why we take such cases so seriously in Massillon and across Ohio.

We know how to take on companies and their attorneys and negotiate a fair settlement for our clients. Most corporations agree to cooperate. But if your employer refuses to back down, we're prepared to take them to court and fight for your rights. Schedule your free consultation with a Massillon medical leave attorney today.

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Wage Law

There is nothing such as volunteer work for your employer. If you do the work, you should get paid for it. Unfortunately, some employers have illegal pay practices that short their employees of their hard-earned money, including overtime. Most times, these illegal pay practices cover hundreds, if not thousands, of employees. When this happens, we can bring a lawsuit on behalf of the entire group of employees who were denied proper pay. We bring these types of a cases as a class action or collection action, or both.

The Ohio and Federal wage laws are complex. We can make it easy. Here are a few examples of wage theft:

  • Paying workers only for scheduled shift time, even though the punch records prove that the employees worked more hours than their scheduled shifts
  • Rounding employees' start and stop times in ways that that benefit the employer only
  • Not paying for short-rest breaks
  • Not paying an overtime premium for hours worked in excess of 40 in a work week (even if the employees is a salaried employee or paid on a piece rate or day rate basis)
  • Not paying you for certain travel time

These are just a few examples of wage theft. There are many others. If you believe your employer has shorted you from your hard-earned money, we can help. We have recovered tens of millions of dollars for workers in unpaid wages. We can recover your wages, too.

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Massillon Office

7266 Portage Street NW
Suite D
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: 330-470-4428
Fax: 330-754-1430

Cleveland Office

614 W. Superior Avenue
Suite 1148
Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: 216-230-2955
Fax: 330-754-1430

Columbus Office

34 N. High Street
Suite 502
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-824-5770
Fax: 330-754-1430

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