The Gittes Law Group

Columbus, Ohio Employment Attorneys

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

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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

Family Medical Leave Act - What does it provide and are you protected?

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was created to help employees balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of their families. The Act requires covered employers to provide reasonable unpaid leave to employees for certain family and medical

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Blog of the Week

Time’s Up: Time to Reconsider the “Severe and Pervasive” Standard for Sexual Harassment

The #MeToo movement has helped thousands of sexual harassment victims get justice against their harassers. Unfortunately for Amy Swyear, the Seventh Circuit has yet to realize the effects of the movement.

Thought for the Week

"Employers are increasingly using non-disclosure agreements to force workers to sign away their rights to speak out about harassment. By prohibiting this practice, the EMPOWER Act will help ensure that everyone has a safe and dignified work environment."

–U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL)

List of the Week

from Workplace Fairness

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