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It is difficult to imagine a more discouraging and humiliating experience than being the victim of employment discrimination. Employment discrimination is rampant in our society and it is against the law. But with competent legal help you can put things right.

As an experienced Ohio Employment Lawyer, I am a recognized expert in employment discrimination and civil rights litigation, and have established a reputation as one of the most effective employment discrimination lawyers in Ohio and nationwide. My Firm provides high quality representation to victims of discrimination and harassment, such as employees who are faced with the loss of their livelihood or retaliation for having observed illegal activities at work.

Frequently many workers feel they have no option but to accept the intolerable conditions at wor, or have no option when they are terminated for no apparent reason. That is simply not true. In many situations you have protections from illegal conduct by your employer, supervisor or co-worker.

Call me, Attorney Riek today if you need legal assistance in any of the following areas:

  • Discrimination:
    • Race
    • Sex
    • Age
    • Disability
    • National Origin
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Non-Compete and Employment Contract Litigation
  • Interference with Employment or Business Relations
  • Whistleblower Claims under Sarbanes – Oxley
  • Clean Water Act
  • Clean Air Act
  • Trucking Industry
  • Nuclear Industry
  • Airline Industry
  • Transportation Industry


As a skilled Ohio Employment Lawyer, I am a seasoned litigator and arbitrator with a breadth of experience in a wide range of labor and employment law issues. I regularly appear before the trial and appellate courts of the State of Ohio, and before the United States District Court, as well as various administrative law tribunals in the representation of clients.

If you or someone you know needs the assistance of an experienced Ohio Employment Lawyer, call Attorney F. Benjamin Riek today at 866-738-5088, or complete the contact form provided on this site to schedule your free initial consultation.

Attorney Profile

Attorney F. Benjamin Riek

Jurisdictions:

  • Ohio
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Sixth Circuit

Admitted To The Bar:

  • Ohio, 1978
  • Texas, 1986
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 1980
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1992
  • U.S Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1987

Education:

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1978

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
  • Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association
  • Ohio State Bar Associations, Labor & Employment Law Section

Successful Results

            In the last few months we have won a significant appellate decision setting forth the high standard that an employer must establish in order to obtain the forensic examination of an employee’s personal computer. A forensic examination allows the employer’s expert to review all files, including personal matters such as medical records, in order to search for documents that may relate to an employment claim. Without a tough legal standard, a court could order such an invasive search without appropriate guidelines to protect the employee’s privacy and limit the expert’s examination.

            Earlier this year a state trial court affirmed the reinstatement with back pay for a school cafeteria manager who was demoted without justification. Our firm represented this lovely woman before the civil service commission that reversed the school district’s demotion. We then prevailed in the trial court on the appeal of the school seeking reversal.

            We have successfully obtained a probable cause finding from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a lengthy investigation of our whistleblower client’s claim of failure to uniformly enforce an important safety rule which resulted in a loss pay raise. This case is currently before the U. S Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Las Judges upon the employer’s appeal We will continue to vigorously fight this claim before the ALJ.

            After having a Sarbanes – Oxley whistleblower claim for falsifying travel and expense records dismissed by an ALJ, we prevailed on appeal before the Administrative Review Board in Washington D.C. showing that the ALJ had employed the wrong legal standard in dismissing the case. The correct standard, as stated by the ARB, will make it easier for whistleblowers to successfully bring claims against publically traded companies.

            Finally, we have successfully used the Fair Credit Reporting Act to obtain a favorable settlement from a company who provided back ground checks to a major financial institution. The company failed to verify the correct social security number of our client-applicant and reported that he had a felony conviction in Texas at the same time he was stationed in Germany with the U. S. Army! After reporting the false information, our client lost his new job. The settlement compensated him for his lost wages and additional damages.

            These are just a few of the successful outcomes we have obtained for our clients during the last 30 years we have represented employees in the employment law field. What can we do for you?

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