Attorney Collum named as one of 2016 Northeast Ohio Best Lawyers

Attorney Collum named to the 2016 list of Best Lawyers in Northeast Ohio in the area of Labor and Employment Law.


EEOC Files First Suits Challenging Sexual Orientation Discrimination as Sex Discrimination

In Two Separate Lawsuits, Federal Agency Charges That a Gay Male Employee and a Lesbian Employee Were Subjected to Hostile Work Environments Because of Sex.

Copy and paste the link below on your browser to read the EEOC’s press release:

http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/3-1-16.cfm


Attorney Colllum named to Best Lawyers in America 2015

Attorney Collum was named to the Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Labor and Employment Litigation.


Attorney Collum named to the 2015 Ohio Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers Magazine

Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice and the honor is given to no more than 2.5% of the attorneys in the State of Ohio under the age of 40. Attorney Colllum has been given this distinguished honor four years in a row.


When is a sexual assault policy mere window dressing?

Great article from Ms. Katie Baker writing for Newsweek earlier this year about sexual assault policies at universities that look good but are not enforced properly. Unfortunately, one of the examples was from the University of Akron and looked at their sexual assault policies. The same general principles that apply to sexual harassment policies apply to company sexual harassment policies, mainly, a well written policies is only half the battled as it also must be well executed. Whether you are a victim of sexual harassment or sexual assault in Akron or any other area in Ohio, contacting an attorney is the best way to determine what your rights are in any given situation.

Ohio Court of Appeals refuses to recognize sexual orientation discrimination and harassment as prohibited under Ohio law

In the recent 2014 case of Burns v. The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the Tenth District Court of Appeals found that sexual orientation is not included in sex discrimination as defined in Ohio Revised Code 4112. The citation for the Burns case is 2014-Ohio-1190. Despite the fact that the Ohio Legislature has introduced legislation on a yearly basis for the past ten years to include sexual orientation in Ohio Revised Code 4112’s definition, the Courts and the legislature have continued to deny the inclusion of sexual orientation in the definition of discrimination under the Ohio Revised Code. In all likelihood, until the composition of the members of the Ohio legislature changes, the only good chance that sexual orientation will be included in the definition of discrimination under Ohio Revised Code 4112 is an appeal to one of appeals court in the greater population centers in Northern Ohio.


What do you do if you are the victim of sexual harassment at work?

From The American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) website, nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls, this is good advice for individuals who are the victims of unwanted sexual harassment at work:

Tell the harasser
•That their attention is unwanted,
•What they have done — name the behavior and be specific, and
•That he or she should stop the offending behavior. You may want to write the harasser a letter; keep a copy for your records.

Document
•The harassment. Keep a log of what is happening; include each incident and the time, place, and witnesses of each incident. If you are able, ask co-workers who witness the harassment to write down what they have seen. Make your entries as detailed as possible so that someone reviewing it later has a clear picture of the harassment. Keep this log at home or in another safe place.
•Negative actions that you experience as a result of your refusal to submit to sexually harassing behavior.
•Any meetings you have with your employer concerning the harassment. Take note of who was there, what was said, and what conclusions you agreed on. If possible, send a copy of your notes to all participants as a follow-up.
•Any retaliation you experience after complaining about the sexual harassment. Retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment may also be illegal.

File a complaint
•Begin with formal channels in your workplace. Look at your employee handbook or check with your human resources department.
•With your supervisors. Inform them as soon as possible. Preferably, tell them in writing and keep a copy of the letter with your log. It is essential that your employer have the chance to correct the problem before you can make any legal complaints.
•With the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. If you plan to file a lawsuit, you must first file a sexual harassment complaint with the EEOC and/or your state’s fair employment agency. When investigating allegations of sexual harassment, the EEOC looks at the entire record and makes a determination on a case-by-case evaluation.

Contact
•Your human resources department or another appropriate supervisor. Usually, members of the human resources department are responsible for knowing and applying the sexual harassment policies of your employer. If they do not deal directly with sexual harassment complaints, they should be able to point you in the correct direction.
•A lawyer. The law surrounding sexual harassment is very complicated, and a lawyer will be able to explain both your and your employer’s obligations under Title VII. An attorney will also be able to keep you informed of any deadlines that have to be met before a lawsuit is barred. Many lawyers specialize in workplace discrimination, and they will be able to give you advice based on your specific circumstances.


Attorney Collum to Speak at the Unemployment Insurance 101 Seminar on May 15, 2014

Attorney Collum has been selected as a presented/speaker at the Unemployment Insurance 101 Seminar in Independence, Ohio to take place on May 15, 2014. Attorney Collum will be speaking for 75 minutes on a variety of topics regarding unemployment appeals.


Attorney Collum named to the 2014 Ohio Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers Magazine

Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice and the honor is given to no more than 2.5% of the attorneys in the State of Ohio under the age of 40.


Attorney Collum selected to the 2014 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America for Labor and Employment Litigation

Inclusion on this list of prestigious lawyers only includes the top 5% of the lawyers nationwide in each practice area.


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