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Education Labor & Employment Services

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Walter Haverfield’s leading education law attorneys are well-versed in the labor and employment issues that face public school districts. Our broad experience provides personalized solutions to assist with a myriad of personnel issues, such as hiring, termination, evaluation, corrective-action counseling, and internal investigations.

We also successfully assist with arbitrations involving employee discipline and contract interpretation challenges. Additionally, our attorneys support districts with processing grievances and consult on the interpretation and application of collective bargaining agreements.

Practice Group Leader

Christina Henagen Peer, Partner

Christina provides counsel to boards of education on student discipline, collective bargaining agreements, employee grievances, employee evaluation and discipline issues, the First Amendment, public records requests including Sunshine Laws, records retention policies, social media issues, residency and custody disputes, and the drafting and implementation of board policies.

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Our Labor & Employment Difference

We counsel districts regarding compliance with various federal, state, and local employment and civil rights laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Title VII, Title IX, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Ohio Civil Rights Act.

In addition to general counseling, we represent school districts before administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC), and in state and federal court when employment claims are filed.


Recognition

U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYERS® 2022 “BEST LAW FIRMS” RANKINGS

  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Education Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Labor & Employment

U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYERS® 2021 “BEST LAW FIRMS” RANKINGS

  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Education Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Labor & Employment
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Experience

  • Representing school districts in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Ohio Civil Rights Commission concerning claims of race, sex, age, gender, and disability discrimination
  • Representing clients in federal court involving claims of race, sex, age, gender, and disability discrimination
  • Representing school districts in teacher termination and discipline proceedings
  • Representing school districts in proceedings regarding discipline and termination of classified employees
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