What You Need to Know About Filing Lawsuits Against Former Employers in Ohio

Lawsuits against employers can be an intimidating process to navigate. Here’s everything you need to know about lawsuits against a former employer in Ohio.

Ohio is an at-will employment state, meaning employers can fire employees for any reason and at any time. Individuals interested in filing lawsuits against former employers must prove their employer acted illegally when terminating their contract or when interacting with them in the workplace.

Suing an Employer for Wrongful Termination in Ohio

Ohio is an at-will employment state, meaning an employer can fire an employee for any reason as long as the reason is not illegal. In Ohio, it is illegal to fire a person for reasons related to protected characteristics. Protected characteristics include gender, race, religion, and more. If an individual is fired due to discrimination against a protected characteristic, the reason for termination could be grounds for wrongful termination.

Related: Do I Have a Case for Wrongful Termination?

Another reason an employee may be wrongfully terminated is employer retaliation. Some employers may retaliate against an employee and wrongfully terminate them if the employee engaged in a protected activity, such as reporting sexual misconduct to HR.

Suing for Sexual Harassment in the Workplace in Ohio

An employee may experience harassment if coworkers or supervisors make inappropriate or offensive comments and actions. To sue for sexual harassment, an employee must show they attempted to file a claim with their employer or HR department with no avail. An employee may also need to show the court evidence of the sexual advances that occurred.

Related: Retaliation for Reporting Sexual Harassment in California

Steps of Filing an Employment Lawsuit in Ohio

The first step in suing a former employer is to document the incident. Ways to document the incident include writing down the date of the incident and a description of what happened. The next step is to create a timeline of events. The last step is to look for new employment if your previous employment ends. You must look for new employment because you are required to manage any damages by seeking comparable employment.

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