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Discrimination and Retaliation

Under the laws of the State of Ohio as well as Federal Law, certain classes of people are protected from illegal discrimination. These classes include the following types of discrimination:

• Race discrimination (color)
• Gender discrimination (sex, pregnancy)
• Religious discrimination
• National Origin discrimination (Alienage)
• Age discrimination
• Disability discrimination
• Genetic Information discrimination

An aggrieved employee who has a claim for discrimination based on a suspect class may assert claims in court or make a complaint to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (“OCRC”) or to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) (link Equal Employment Opportunity Commission By law, it is illegal to discriminate against an employee in any aspect of employment, including:

• hiring and firing
• compensation, assignment, or classification of employees
• transfer, promotion, layoff, or recall
• job advertisements
• recruitment
• testing
• use of company facilities
• training and apprenticeship programs
• fringe benefits
• pay, retirement plans, and disability leave
• other terms and conditions of employment

Not all types of discrimination is illegal—the discrimination must be based on a “suspect class” as set forth above. Even though you may fall into one of the classes set forth above does not mean you would have an actionable claim of illegal discrimination. Law Office of James. J. Collum, LLC has handled hundreds of discrimination cases in Ohio since 1999. Law Office of James. J. Collum, LLC are Ohio discrimination attorneys who would be happy to discuss the merits of your claim and the steps that will be necessary for you to take so you can protect your rights and pursue a case of discrimination.

Under state and federal law, as well as the EEOC, it is illegal retaliation for an employer to fire, demote, harass, or otherwise “retaliate” against people (applicants or employees) because they filed a charge of discrimination, because they complained to their employer or other covered entity about discrimination on the job, or because they participated in an employment discrimination proceeding. The law forbids retaliation when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.

For example, when you make a complaint of discriminatory actions to your employer, the employer cannot take any adverse action against you as a result of the complaint even if the underlying conduct that was the basis of the complaint did not rise to the level of illegal action.

If you feel that your employer has taken some type of adverse (or negative) action against you based on a complaint to your employer of some type of discriminatory treatment, please contact Law Office of James. J. Collum, LLC to discuss your rights and whether you may have a claim for illegal employment retaliation.

The Importance of Finding the Right Ohio Retaliation Attorney and Ohio Discrimination Attorney to Protect Your Rights

Whether or not you have a cause of action for illegal discrimination and/or retaliation against a current or former employer, it is critical that you contact an attorney with experience in this area of the law so you may receive the proper advice to make the best decision for yourself.

Please contact Law Office of James. J. Collum, LLC for a FREE CONSULTATION regarding your discrimination and/or retaliation case or claim and any questions you may have at (330) 494-4877 or by e-mail at

Law Office of James. J. Collum, LLC are Ohio Discrimination lawyers and Ohio Discrimination Attorneys who represent individuals and companies in their discrimination and retaliation claims in cities all over Northeast Ohio including, but not limited to, the cities of Canton, Akron, Alliance, Canal Fulton, Massillon, Barberton, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Fairlawn, Green, Macedonia, Munroe Falls, New Franklin, Norton, Stow, Tallmadge, Twinsburg, Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro, Aurora, Brunswick, Medina, Rittman, Wadsworth, Dover, New Philadelphia, Uhrichsville, Orrville, Wooster, Columbiana, East Liverpool and Salem.


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