Practice Areas

Columbus Wage and Overtime Attorney
If you have any questions about your right to compensation for certain hours worked or your right to overtime pay, our Columbus Wages and Overtime Lawyer is here to discuss your concerns and inform you of your rights to proper and full wages for your work under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Ohio law. Our firm specializes in all aspects of wage and hour issues, including unpaid overtime, unpaid wages, tipped employee issues, prevailing wages, and other miscellaneous issues. We represent employees on an individual or collective (group) basis.
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Columbus Pregnancy Discrimination Attorney
Pregnant workers have important legal protections under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. If you were discriminated against for being pregnant — potentially including the denial of a reasonable accommodation, suspension, forced medical leave, or even termination — we can help. We understand that employers discriminate against pregnant employees. Our Columbus Pregnancy Discrimination attorney can assist you with any issues you have with your employer regarding your pregnancy.
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Columbus Disability Discrimination Lawyer
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers owe certain duties to employees who have disabilities. In addition, some employers take unlawful action against employees who have a disability or a record of a disability or who they regard as being incapable of performing their job. When an employee discloses their need for an accommodation, employers are required to engage in an interactive process to determine what the employer can do to keep the employee working. Although employers do not have to offer every accommodation, they must make reasonable accommodations for employees who have a physical or mental impairment that constitutes a disability. If your employer failed to offer a reasonable accommodation to allow you to work and meet your potential on the job, please contact our Columbus disability attorney immediately.
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Columbus Wage and Hour Issues Lawyer
Our Columbus wage and hour attorney is here to assist you with any issues related to your compensation. Both federal and Ohio law requires that you be paid at minimum rates of pay for all hours worked and overtime premium when working over 40 hours in a given workweek. We often find that our clients are on the wrong end of working without being fully compensated for their labor. They are not paid for all of their hours worked or they are not fully compensated at the proper pay rate.
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Columbus Sexual Harassment Lawyer
Employees deserve a workplace that is free from any type of sexual harassment. Unfortunately, sexual harassment is still prevalent today. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexcual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal or physical harassment such as comments or touching.  If you or your family member was sexually harassed by a supervisor, coworker, or customer at work, please contact our Columbus sexual harassment attorney for immediate assistance. We will aggressively pursue your rights to work in an environment that is free of sexual harassment.
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Columbus Employment Retaliation Attorney
Employees have important legal rights related to retaliation by their employers. Laws against employment retaliation empower employees to exercise their rights — including reporting employer misconduct — and protect employees who are retaliated against for engaging in the protected activity. Not all retaliation is unlawful retaliation so it is important to speak with an employment attorney. If you believe that your employer retaliated against you after you engaged in a protected activity, you should contact a Columbus employment law attorney immediately.
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Columbus FMLA Attorney
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows certain qualified workers to take job-protected leave associated with the birth of a child or medical needs of the employees and certain family members. The FMLA leave may be taken on a continuous or intermittent basis for up to 12 weeks. Many employees encounter interference with or retaliation because they have taken FMLA leave, but our Ohio FMLA lawyer is here to help. If you were unfairly denied leave or you were punished for taking FMLA leave, please contact a Columbus employment lawyer as soon as possible.
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Columbus Wrongful Termination Lawyer
Although Ohio is an at-will employment state, employers are prohibited from terminating workers for illegal reasons. If you were fired for a discriminatory reason, in retaliation for exercising your rights, because you engaged in whistleblower activities, or in breach of contract, you may be able to bring a wrongful termination claim. There are limited reasons that a wrongful termination may result in a legal claim, but it is important to speak with an Ohio wrongful termination attorney right away so that we can inform you what action should be taken.
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Columbus Unpaid Overtime Attorney
Our Columbus overtime attorney will assist you with any issues resulting from your employer failing to pay you overtime wages properly.

If your employer owes you for unpaid wages or overtime, you may have a claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), entitling you to unpaid overtime wages, liquidated damages, and attorney’s fees. The FLSA requires that employers compensate non-exempt employees at least federal minimum wage and overtime compensation of one and one-half times their regular rate of pay for each hour worked over 40 in any workweek.
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Tipped Employee Wage Issues Attorney
Our Columbus wage and hour attorney will assist you with any issues resulting from your employer failing to pay you properly as a tipped employee. There are many potential legal issues for employers who benefit from paying employees a tipped wage less than the full minimum wage.

If you work in an industry where people tip for service, such as a restaurant, then your employer may legally reduce your hourly wage below the general minimum wage, assuming that you are still paid more than the mandated minimum wage for tipped employees. However, there are numerous potential issues for tipped employees.
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Columbus Minimum Wage Attorney
Our Columbus minimum wage attorney will assist you with any issues resulting from your employer failing to pay you at least minimum wage for all hours worked.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Ohio’s Minimum Fair Wage Standards law require employers to compensate employees at least minimum wage for all hours worked. The federal minimum wage is $7.25, subject to states mandating a higher minimum wage than the federal minimum wage. For 2018, Ohio’s minimum wage for non-tipped employees is $8.30 per hour. This means that hourly non-exempt, non-tipped employees must earn at least $8.30 per hour for every hour worked.
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Columbus Unpaid Wages Attorney
Our Columbus unpaid wages attorney will assist you with any issues resulting from your employer failing to pay you for all hours worked.

Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for employers to violate state and federal wage laws by not properly paying employees overtime or minimum wages. Our Columbus unpaid wages attorney understands that employees cannot afford to go without their pay for extended periods of time. We will aggressively pursue recovery on your behalf.
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Columbus Ohio Employment Attorney
Our Columbus wage and hour attorney is here to assist you with any issues related to your compensation. Both federal and Ohio law requires that you be paid at minimum rates of pay for all hours worked and overtime premium when working over 40 hours in a given workweek. We often find that our clients are on the wrong end of working without being fully compensated for their labor. They are not paid for all of their hours worked or they are not fully compensated at the proper pay rate.
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Columbus FLSA Collective Action Lawyer
Our Columbus FLSA collective action lawyer is here to assist you in the event you find yourself on the unfortunate end of not being properly compensated in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Under 29 U.S.C. 216(b), an employee may bring a collective action to recover unpaid minimum wages or unpaid overtime wages on behalf of themselves and other similarly situated employees. When an employer is not properly paying an employee correctly pursuant to the employer’s policy or practice, it is very likely that other employees are also not receiving their full compensation. Under the FLSA, the employee may pursue their claims individually or collectively. All employees who are not being paid properly may recover their unpaid wages, liquidated damages, attorney’s fees, and the costs and expenses of pursuing their claims.
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Columbus Employment Discrimination Attorney
When you need a employment discrimination lawyer to fight for your right to work in a safe, respectful, and equitable environment, look no further than a Columbus employment discrimination attorney at Coffman Legal.

Managers, co-workers, and customers subject too many hardworking employees and job applicants to discrimination and abuse on the basis of their race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, gender, and sexual orientation. Individuals also experience unfair and discriminatory treatment due to their disability, pregnancy, or military status. Each instance may be illegal under state and federal law but relying on the advice and representation of a Columbus employment discrimination attorney can be necessary to hold those who discriminate accountable.
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Columbus Military Status Discrimination Attorney
If you are a servicemember and your employer has unlawfully discriminated against you in the workplace due to your military status, contact a Columbus military status discrimination attorney to discuss your case. Our Columbus USERRA attorney appreciates the service you provide to our country and we will fight for your rights to be free from workplace discrimination based on your military status.
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Columbus Religious Discrimination Attorney
Our Columbus religious discrimination attorney will ensure that you work in an environment free from harassment and discrimination based on your religious beliefs.

If your employer has treated you unfairly because of your religious beliefs, employees are protected from religious discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. You are also protected for your lack of a religious belief. Essentially, companies should never use religion as a basis for making any employment decisions.
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Other Services
Our Ohio Employment Attorney assists employees with a variety of employment issues that arise before, during, and after their employment. In particular, our Ohio Employment Lawyer represents employees with Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues such as interference and retaliation, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, hostile work environment, severance negotiations, and background checks. If you have experienced issues with any of the preceding or other employment issues, contact our Ohio Employment Attorney for a FREE consultation. Below you may find more information on each of these particular practice areas our Ohio Employment Lawyer often handles for clients.
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Columbus Age Discrimination Attorney (ADEA)
Our Columbus age discrimination attorney is here to assist you in the event you are treated with hostility or otherwise discriminated against because of your age.

If you believe you were laid off or fired from your job due to your age, there are laws to protect you and our Columbus age discrimination attorney can help. It’s illegal for an employer to terminate an employee, or treat them differently from similarly situated employees, due to age. In fact, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits employers from discriminating against persons 40 years of age or older because of their age.
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Columbus LGBT Discrimination Attorney
If you have experienced discrimination in the workplace based on your sexual orientation or gender identity, you may have a legal claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and should speak with our Columbus LGBT Discrimination Attorney further. Unfortunately, there is currently no state or federal law that expressly prohibits employers from discriminating against employees because of sexual orientation, but recent EEOC decisions are a step in the right direction.
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Columbus Gender Discrimination Attorney
If you are experiencing hostility or discrimination based on your gender, then you should contact our Columbus gender discrimination attorney today.

Gender discrimination at work is a major problem. If you are being treated unfairly by your employer, and you believe this discrimination is due to your gender, contact our Columbus gender discrimination attorney for legal help. Sexual harassment is also a form of gender discrimination and is prohibited by law.

Women and men should be treated as equals in the workplace. Gender should never play a factor in determining an employees’ pay rates, opportunities for promotions, and job standards.
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Columbus Hostile Work Environment Attorney
If you believe you are working in a hostile work environment, you should contact our Columbus hostile work environment attorney today to further discuss your employment.

The presence of hostility alone is insufficient to support a hostile work environment claim. Oftentimes, employees believe they have a claim for a hostile work environment if their boss is hostile, rude, or mean to them, but that’s rarely the case.
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Columbus Ohio Severance Negotiation Lawyer
At Coffman Legal, LLC, our Columbus severance negotiation lawyer understands that separation from employment can be a very stressful time filled with uncertainties. At times, employers offer employees severance agreements as they part ways.

If your employer has offered you severance by way of a written agreement, we recommend that you speak with a Columbus severance negotiation lawyer prior to making a decision whether to accept the benefits offered by your employer. When you accept severance, employers require you to release any potential claims you may have against them (whether you know about them or not), and you are legally bound by the agreement. Make sure you protect yourself by seeking legal counsel and review prior to signing a severance agreement.
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Columbus Prevailing Wages Attorney
Our Columbus prevailing wages attorney will assist you with any issues resulting from your employer failing to properly pay you prevailing wages. Both contractors and subcontractors may become liable for the failure to properly pay employees prevailing wages.

Prevailing wages are the hourly wages established and regulated by trade laborers. Ohio’s laws protect laborers to ensure they are properly paid prevailing wage.
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Columbus Race Discrimination Attorney
Our Columbus race discrimination attorney will provide aggressive, experienced representation for harassment based on your race or race discrimination.

Race discrimination and harassment in the workplace is illegal. If your employer has treated you unfavorably and you believe this treatment occurred because of your race, a Columbus race discrimination attorney can explain your rights and legal options. If you are experiencing discrimination at work because of your race, the law protects your rights and you can file a claim.
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Columbus Background Check Lawyer (FCRA)
Our office understands that the thought of having your employer or your prospective employer run a background check on you can be nerve-racking because oftentimes our credit reports may have mistakes or inaccuracies in them. Because of the prevalence of mistakes contained in credit reports, employees and prospective employees have rights if an employer or prospective employer is going to use background checks when making employment decisions. Contact our Columbus background check lawyer if you have any questions.
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