The Gittes Law Group

Columbus, Ohio Employment Attorneys

723 Oak Street
Columbus, OH 43205
Fax: (614) 221-9655

(614) 222-4735

Barbara A. Terzian, Of Counsel

Barbara A. Terzian was a founding partner of the law firm that evolved into The Gittes Law Group. She is currently of counsel to the firm, working on selected cases. Barbara has received recognition and awards for her legal work for civil rights and against discrimination from the ACLU, the Columbus Urban League, and Best Lawyers in America. Barbara has handled a wide range of cases in both appellate and trial courts. Her appellate work has been enhanced by her previous experience as an attorney working at the Ohio Supreme Court. She has tried employment defamation, discrimination, constitutional due process, assault, university promotion/tenure, and contract cases.

Among her victories was a substantial award for women factory workers fired for purportedly leading a wildcat strike. Barbara was able to prove that the women, who had challenged assignment and overtime discrimination, had been fired as scapegoats by company managers who took no action against male workers actively involved in the strike, some of whom had engaged in violence and physical threats during the work stoppage. In a precedent-setting appellate case, Barbara convinced the court of appeals to apply due process protections to eviction cases filed by government agencies against low-income tenants in public housing. In another case, Barbara helped obtain a record-setting award for a union member who was almost beaten to death during a union meeting when he tried to speak against a proposal endorsed by the union's leadership.

Barbara has extensive experience evaluating cases to determine potential claims, pre-suit strategies, and trial tactics. Her work has included administrative and agency proceedings. Her consulting work involves assisting individuals involved with contract or severance disputes.

Besides her accomplishments as an attorney, Barbara is an historian. She has an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from The Ohio State University. Her history specialties include U.S. legal and women's history. Her teaching encompasses courses on the American colonial experience, slavery in the United States, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the history of women in the U.S., and great trials in American History. Her research, for which she received a Bicentennial Fellowship, focuses on Ohio's constitutional history in the 19th century, particularly as it affected African-Americans and women. Barbara also serves as a pre-law advisor for undergraduates. Her publications include "Ohio's Constitutions: An Historical Perspective," in the Cleveland State Law Review and "'Let Us Agitate': Woman Suffrage at Ohio's Constitutional Conventions, 1850-1913," in The History of Ohio Law.

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Topic of the Week

Pay Discrimination

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Blog of the Week

Ivanka Trump promised her dad would deliver a great family leave plan. Here’s what we got.

Two years later, the Trump administration is no closer to accomplishing this goal than they were when Ivanka and her father told prospective voters and working parents that they could be trusted to deliver on paid leave and thus deserved their votes.

Thought for the Week

"This Bill of Rights is intended to be more than an extension of our current workplace protections for domestic workers. We see it as a statement of our collective values as Americans, a statement on how we respect all working people, regardless of whether they work in an office or in a home."

–Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Sen. Kamala Harris and NDWA President Ai-jen Poo on a new proposed National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

List of the Week

from Workplace Fairness

Top Searches in Discrimination This Week: 

  • Sexual/Gender Discrimination
  • Proving Employment Discrimination
  • Pay Discrimination
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Pregnancy Discrimination

 

Top Five News Headlines

  1. How to respond to a joke about #MeToo
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  3. Republicans To Hold Their First Hearing On The Minimum Wage Since Taking The House In 2010
  4. New jobs report shows that the economy is steady but wages are lagging
  5. Despite #MeToo, most women don’t see a change in the workplace