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The court affirms: Your employee has the right to an attorney

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in Employment Law,Firing,Human Resources

No, we’re not arresting anyone. An Ohio appeals court significantly expanded employees’ rights recently when it upheld a fired employee’s right to trial after her employer terminated her because she threatened to talk to her attorney.

Generally, Ohio employees are “at-will” employees, meaning employers may fire them for any reason or no reason at all. But employment laws and judicial decisions continue to limit employers’ rights to fire employees. This case marks the further erosion of the at-will employment doctrine in Ohio.

Caterer cuts portions

Debra Newcomb began working for Hostetler Catering in 1987. Hostetler paid its employees a monthly bonus of $10 for each year the employee had been with the company. But in 2003, business was slow. Business owner Edward Hostetler decided to cut the bonus to $5 for each year served. The reduction didn’t sit well with Newcomb.

Newcomb stewed over the bonus situation and ment...(register to read more)

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