Davis & Young, A Legal Professional Association
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Cleveland’s Trusted Employment Lawyers

For nearly 100 years, clients from Northeast Ohio and beyond have relied on Davis & Young to provide high quality legal representation for a variety of employment cases. Our commitment to our clients’ success is demonstrated by the personal attention we provide, the breadth of our legal experience, and the proven results we achieve.

Find out why we were again rated Super Lawyers for 2019 and achieved an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell’s® peer review process. This designation is reserved for an elite group of approximately 10 percent of all attorneys for their highest legal skills and ethical standards.

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    What types of employment cases does Davis & Young handle?

    Our Employment Practice Group provides friendly and specialized counsel to individuals involved in employment-related cases, including but not limited to, the following:


    What constitutes sexual harassment can vary depending on the situation and people involved. Sexual harassment might include unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors. Sexual innuendos and comments, or sexually suggestive jokes may be sexual harassment in some contexts. Unwelcome touching or brushing against a person, or displays of explicit material may be sexual harassment. Finally, attempted or completed sexual assault would be sexual harassment.


    Wrongful termination is when you are fired for an illegal reason, which may involve violation of federal anti-discrimination laws or a contractual breach. The term wrongful demotion refers to an employer that has unfairly reduced the rank or lowered the title of an employee. A demotion is normally accompanied by a loss in pay, a reduction in work hours, or a loss of fringe benefits.

    Under federal law, employers cannot discriminate on the basis of a variety of factors. Below are some examples.

    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in employment based on the following:

    • Race
    • Color
    • National Origin
    • Religion
    • Sex

    The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and Ohio’s anti-discrimination law prohibit discrimination based on age. It is not against the law to discriminate against someone because they are under the age of 40; but firing an employee solely because they are over the age of 40 is illegal.

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits an employer from treating individuals differently in employment because of their disability, perceived disability, or association with an individual.

    The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee because of pregnancy, which may include the right to take time off work, in some cases. The Ohio’s Civil Rights Act provides unpaid pregnancy leave and the FMLA provides pregnancy and parenting leave.


    An employment contract is a written legal document that lays out binding terms and conditions of an employment relationship between an employee and an employer. Our attorneys can help:

    • negotiate the terms of an employment contract;
    • determine whether an employer has breached the terms of an employment contract;
    • discuss potential remedies available to an employee when an employer breaches an employment contract.


    Wage and hour laws govern the wage rates an employer can pay its employees and the hours for which an employer must compensate its employees. The most well-known wage and hour laws are minimum wage laws and overtime laws. They also include child labor laws and meal and break laws.


    A whistleblower is an employee who alerts the proper authorities and/or news outlets that the company is doing something illegal or otherwise against the public trust. Therefore, whistleblower laws are meant to protect employees from being retaliated against by their employers.
    Whatever your concern may be, making sure you have exhausted your employer’s internal grievance processes is very important. If you are not certain about the grievance policies within your organization or place of employment, please contact your Human Resources representative for assistance.

    Meet our Employment Practice Group attorneys

    Respected attorneys Dennis Fogarty and Katherine Knouff are happy to speak with you and learn more about your unique situation. Both Ohio natives, each earned their law degree from the Cleveland Marshall School of Law and are fierce advocates for equality and fairness in the workplace. Dennis is rated “AV” by Martindale Hubbell® and Katherine has been rated as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.

    Dennis R. Fogarty

    Member: Cleveland Metropolitan and Ohio State Bar Associations Defense Research Institute, National Lawyers Association

    Katherine S. Knouff

    Member: Cleveland Metropolitan,
    Lake County, and Ohio State Bar Associations

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    Call Davis & Young at (216) 342-9358.

    Davis & Young
    A Legal Professional Association


    35000 Chardon Rd.
    Suite 100
    Willoughby Hills, Ohio 44094