The Gittes Law Group

Columbus, Ohio Employment Attorneys

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

(614) 222-4735

Jeffrey P. Vardaro, Associate

Jeffrey P. Vardaro has been with the Gittes Law Group since 2007. During his time with the firm, Jeff has represented employees in state and federal discrimination, retaliation, and harassment cases, as well as plaintiffs in police misconduct and federal business discrimination cases. His work includes major federal litigation, such as Abdi v. Karnes, where he helped achieve a 2008 court decision in favor of the mother of a mentally ill teenager who was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies. That decision created new precedent enhancing the civil rights of the mentally ill, and it quickly resulted in a settlement guaranteeing that deputies in the Franklin County Sheriff's Office would receive proper training in dealing with mentally ill individuals in crisis situations. More recently, in December 2009, he successfully argued before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio that county agencies can be held liable for damages when they fail to meet their obligations under federal law to process applications for Medicaid in a timely manner.

Jeff has also played a critical role in lower-profile, non-litigation situations, such as advocating on behalf of a medical student with disabilities so that he could continue on the path to becoming a doctor, helping two local student-athletes to continue striving for a chance at college after fleeing gang violence in their former high school, and successfully representing the president of a statewide union in arbitration when the union refused to pay his contractually required severance.

Jeff came to Columbus in 2006, following a clerkship with Justice Denise Johnson of the Vermont Supreme Court. In 2005, he received his law degree from the Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), where he was Submissions Editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and completed internships with the non-profit Education Law Center in Philadelphia and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Boston. Jeff received his bachelor's degree in political science in 2002 from Dartmouth College (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). Jeff is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, and is admitted to practice in Ohio, New York, and Massachusetts.

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Topic of the Week

Can your employer retaliate against you for union activity?

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Blog of the Week

Federal workers protest against government shutdown across the country

As the partial government shutdown stretches into its third week — making it the second longest shutdown in U.S. history — federal workers in Philadelphia took to the streets Tuesday to protest the White House and congressional inaction that has left them without work and pay for 18 days.

Thought for the Week

"They have to realize that this affects everyday people. It affects the boots on the ground. To me, it’s like a political chess game that they’re playing, and we seem to be pawns. "

–Ray Coleman Jr., a corrections officer at a federal prison in Florida on the government shutdown

List of the Week

from Washington Post

Longest Government Shutdowns: 

DEC. 22, 2018 - Trump - 26 days and counting

DEC. 16, 1995 - Clinton - 21 days

OCT. 1, 1978 - Carter - 17 days

OCT. 1, 2013 - Obama - 16 days

OCT. 1, 1977 - Carter - 12 days

 

Top Five News Headlines

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  2. The Supreme Court Just Handed a Big, Unanimous Victory to Workers. Wait, What?
  3. Senators are getting paid during the government shutdown. Many low-wage contractors aren’t.
  4. Tech Workers Unite to Fight Forced Arbitration
  5. Workers at chains like Starbucks and McDonald's face violence and injuries on the job — and they're starting to speak out