FDAR’s Benjamin Albrecht named Law Director for the City of New Albany

Congratulations to Benjamin Albrecht for being selected to serve New Albany in the role of Law Director!  He will be assisted by Associate David Moser.  As FDAR is located in New Albany, we are excited to have this opportunity to continue to serve and grow our relationship with the city!  For more news on this announcement, click here.  

May 24th, 2022|Categories: Homepage News, Latest News|

Pizza & Punishments: An Employer’s Quick Guide On When To Provide Religious Accommodations

Most of the time, the need for providing a religious accommodation is obvious. An employee will submit a religious exemption request, and the employer will engage in the interactive process with the employee to determine what accommodation will appropriately address the employee's religious needs. However, there are times where the need for a religious accommodation is obvious and reoccurring, placing the employer on notice of the need for the accommodation. A similar, albeit extreme, example of this occurred recently at a Canton high school. A student on the high school’s football team missed a practice and upon his return was forced to eat a pepperoni pizza while his teammates ran laps around him. However, the student had a religious opposition to pork, as he was a member of the Hebrew Israelite faith, which was known to the coaches who previously [...]

March 28th, 2022|Categories: Latest News, Newsletter|

Moving Away from Mandatory Arbitration Over Sexual Assault and Harassment Claims

On March 3, 2022 President Biden signed the bipartisan Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (“The Act”) into law. The Act amends the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) to prohibit the mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment and sexual assault claims in arbitration agreements. The Act applies to all sexual harassment and sexual assault claims that arise or accrue on or after March 3, 2022. Thus, any claims that existed prior to March 3, 2022 can still be subjected to mandatory arbitration, but the mere presence of an arbitration agreement entered into before March 3, 2022 with a mandatory arbitration clause for such claims does not exempt the Act’s required changes. Consequently, any pre-dispute arbitration agreements for sexual assault and sexual harassment claims arising on or after March 3, 2022 are invalid and unenforceable. However, the [...]

March 28th, 2022|Categories: Latest News, Newsletter|

The Next Supreme Court Justice Will be a Black Woman, What About Your New Manager?

On January 27, 2022, President Biden announced that the next justice nominated to the US Supreme Court will be a black woman. The President’s announcement left many questioning whether his appointment violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits race and sex-based employment decisions. However, the protections provided in Title VII only extend to covered employers and employment-related decisions, and not to judicial or other appointments. So, while the President can guarantee the next Supreme Court justice will be a black woman, employers cannot set forth race or sex-based requirements for hiring or promotion decisions. Such race-based or sex-based decisions are discriminatory in and of themselves. But this leaves many employers wondering – how do I increase diversity if I cannot make race and sex-based employment decisions? In order to increase diversity without acting in a discriminatory manner, [...]

February 9th, 2022|Categories: blog, Latest News|

Fishel Downey Albrecht & Riepenhoff LLP Announces New Partner

Fishel Downey Albrecht & Riepenhoff LLP is pleased to announce that Angelica M. Jarmusz has become a Partner with the firm. Jarmusz joined FDAR in 2014 and focuses largely on the representation of law enforcement agencies and their officers in civil rights litigation, as well as labor and employment matters. She is also well versed in governmental liability and immunities, having worked as an assistant prosecutor before joining the firm. Jarmusz is a graduate of The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law. “I love the work we do, and I love our clients,” said Jarmusz. “To now play a larger role in advancing the firm’s vision is really an honor." About FDAR: Fishel Downey Albrecht & Riepenhoff LLP (FDAR) is a mid-sized law firm located in New Albany, Ohio, with 13 attorneys specializing in many areas of law. The [...]

January 4th, 2022|Categories: Latest News|