Overview

McCarthy Lebit’s employment lawyers have earned the reputation as a leading employment law practice in Cleveland, as well as nationally. Ann-Marie Ahern and Jack Moran lead the employment law group and are highly sought-after for their experience and results-oriented approach to client matters. McCarthy, Lebit’s attorneys are widely recognized as lawyers with exceptional knowledge of employment law, who also have the skills and tenacity to litigate the most complex and high stakes cases. When appropriate, we work to resolve matters quickly and efficiently. However, when litigation is necessary to vindicate our client’s rights, we will not hesitate to call on our years of trial experience.

We are committed to holding employers accountable to the laws that govern the employment relationship, including laws prohibiting age discrimination, sex discrimination, disability discrimination, race discrimination, and sexual harassment. We also represent employees who have not been paid fairly for their work, have had their contracts violated, or have been denied rights under the Family Medical Leave Act. We understand that a problem at work or the loss of a job is a stressful and often economically devastating experience. Our plaintiff’s attorneys have the experience required to take on companies of any size and make them take responsibility for illegal employment decisions. We provide a personal level of service at every juncture so that our clients feel confident that their matters are of utmost importance.

Our employment law team has been involved in many outcomes in excess of one million dollars, including a $30 million verdict on behalf of a single age discrimination victim and a $61 million False Claims Act settlement. Each year, we obtain millions of dollars of results on behalf of our clients.

When employees are sued or threatened by their previous employers, for breach of non-compete agreements or other obligations, McCarthy Lebit’s team is ideally positioned to give employees the best possible outcome.

In addition to advocating on behalf of employees in litigation, we also advise our corporate clients on the full spectrum of employment disputes. We assist clients in managing difficult employment situations in a way that complies with the myriad of employment laws, and in drafting employment policies and handbooks. We serve as trusted advisors in helping our corporate clients avoid missteps in the employment process that can lead to costly litigation.

McCarthy Lebit particularly excels at representing executives and other high-level managers in their career transitions. We understand the special considerations and sensitivities at issue and the sometimes complex compensation models that apply to executive employment. Lucrative severance packages at this level are very common and often negotiable. The experience of our unique team of professionals, who possess sophisticated business acumen, enables us to provide a superior level of performance and results for our clients. Unlike many firms that limit their practice to employment law, as a full-service law firm, we can and do call on the experience of our other practice groups, including our taxation, business, or estate planning lawyers.

We will evaluate your case, listen to your goals, and fight for the best resolution.

Capabilities

ADA

Age, religious, disability, sex and race discrimination

Breach of contract

Denial of promotion

Employment agreements

Executive compensation and separation agreements

Fair Labor Standards Act

False Claims Act

Glass ceiling

Non-compete agreements

Policy drafting

Retaliation

Severance agreements

Sexual harassment

Title VII

Wage and hour

Whistleblowing

Workplace investigation

Wrongful demotion

Wrongful discharge

News & Publications

News & Publications Shifting Presumptions of Credibility in Sexual Harassment Cases...

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News & Publications Employers must focus on objective criteria to justify...

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News & Publications McCarthy Lebit promotes Kaitlyn D. Arthurs and Jack...

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News & Publications Ann-Marie Ahern named Progressive Woman Honoree

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News & Publications Women are empowered to speak about sex-based pay...

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News & Publications Five Common Misperceptions About Overtime Laws

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Events

Events January 29, 2015 Lean In on Executive Compensation & Benefits

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Events April 22, 2015 Mediation Practice Pointers

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Events April 28, 2015 Lean In on Executive Compensation & Benefits

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Events April 20, 2016 16th Annual Northern Ohio Labor & Employment Law...

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Events May 18, 2016 Advanced Employment Law Update and EEOC Initiatives

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Events May 19, 2016 Cleveland Employment Inn of Court

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Blogs

Blogs Tax Reform May Make Paid Parental Leave Doable...

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Blogs When interviewing, focus on salary expectations, not salary...

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Blogs Harvey Weinstein’s Dramatic Fall: A Stark Reminder about...

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Blogs Google May Have Violated Title VII Anti-Retaliation Laws...

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Blogs Implications of Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

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Blogs Trade Secrets: What Businesses Should Know

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Experience

Defense of Non-Compete Agreements

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Defense of Non-Compete Agreements

Successfully defended actions for preliminary and permanent injunctions on behalf of employees in trade secret, non-compete and non-solicitation complaints

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Enforcement of Non-Compete Agreements

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Enforcement of Non-Compete Agreements

Successfully obtained preliminary and permanent injunctions on behalf of employers in trade secret, non-compete and non-solicitation complaints

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Obtained Reversal of Arbitration Award

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Obtained Reversal of Arbitration Award

Successfully obtained court order vacating arbitration award in favor of employee against employer. Linda Short v. Resource Title Agency, Inc., Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Case No. 726337, affirmed on appeal 2011-Ohio-1577; affirmed further on appeal 2014-Ohio-830

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$1.3 Million Jury Verdict for Retaliation and Breach of Contract

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$1.3 Million Jury Verdict for Retaliation and Breach of Contract

Obtained plaintiff verdict in the amount of $1,365,718 on breach of employment agreement and retaliatory discharge, which was reduced to account for damages caps to $628,227, then reversed by the Court of Appeals to reinstated damages in the amount of $728,227. Dr. Paul Matus v. Lorain County General Heath District, U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. Ohio, Case No. 01:13 CV 01029; affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded, Court of Appeals Case Nos. 16-4054 and 16-4094.

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$1.6 million for Sex Discrimination

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$1.6 million for Sex Discrimination

Employee was a long term, highly achieving female executive who was paid less than male counterparts and then terminated to make room for younger men.

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  • $6.5 million Wrongful Termination

    Plaintiff was CEO of closely held company who was wrongfully terminated. Issues: Breach of contract and fiduciary duty, in addition to the value of her minority ownership interest.

$6.5 million Wrongful Termination

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$6.5 million Wrongful Termination

Plaintiff was CEO of closely held company who was wrongfully terminated. Issues: Breach of contract and fiduciary duty, in addition to the value of her minority ownership interest.

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  • $1.6 million for Sex Discrimination

    Employee was a long term, highly achieving female executive who was paid less than male counterparts and then terminated to make room for younger men.

$61 million settlement with federal government; $11 million recovery to client

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$61 million settlement with federal government; $11 million recovery to client

In 2013, Ms. Ahern represented a federal whistleblower in a qui tam claim that resulted in a $61-million recovery by the government and her client. This settlement, according to Taxpayers Against Fraud, is one of the Top 100 False Claims Act settlements in history.

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Age discrimination verdict of $900,000

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Age discrimination verdict of $900,000

Plaintiff was a 32 year employee who was treated less favorably and was disciplined more harshly than her younger counterparts, resulting in her termination from employment.

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  • $475,000 disability settlement

    Client was discriminated against due to disability and childcare obligations.

  • $550,000 gender discrimination settlement

    $550,000 gender discrimination settlement achieved in advance of litigation.

  • $30 million age discrimination verdict in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff, age 67, was let go during a reduction in force. She was not considered for other positions for which she was greatly qualified. Instead, younger people were hired to fill open positions.

  • $450,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff was a long time employee of a large company. He was terminated because of his age and treated less favorably than younger people.

  • $650,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Client was a lawyer for a public agency. When she opposed discriminatory practices in the selection of contracts, she was retaliated against and fired.

  • $400,000 settlement of claims against college

    Plaintiff was a long term, highly effective employee who was the victim of discrimination in pay; when she complained, she was retaliated against and fired.

$475,000 disability settlement

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$475,000 disability settlement

Client was discriminated against due to disability and childcare obligations.

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  • Age discrimination verdict of $900,000

    Plaintiff was a 32 year employee who was treated less favorably and was disciplined more harshly than her younger counterparts, resulting in her termination from employment.

  • $550,000 gender discrimination settlement

    $550,000 gender discrimination settlement achieved in advance of litigation.

  • $30 million age discrimination verdict in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff, age 67, was let go during a reduction in force. She was not considered for other positions for which she was greatly qualified. Instead, younger people were hired to fill open positions.

  • $450,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff was a long time employee of a large company. He was terminated because of his age and treated less favorably than younger people.

  • $650,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Client was a lawyer for a public agency. When she opposed discriminatory practices in the selection of contracts, she was retaliated against and fired.

  • $400,000 settlement of claims against college

    Plaintiff was a long term, highly effective employee who was the victim of discrimination in pay; when she complained, she was retaliated against and fired.

$550,000 gender discrimination settlement

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$550,000 gender discrimination settlement

$550,000 gender discrimination settlement achieved in advance of litigation.

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  • Age discrimination verdict of $900,000

    Plaintiff was a 32 year employee who was treated less favorably and was disciplined more harshly than her younger counterparts, resulting in her termination from employment.

  • $475,000 disability settlement

    Client was discriminated against due to disability and childcare obligations.

  • $30 million age discrimination verdict in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff, age 67, was let go during a reduction in force. She was not considered for other positions for which she was greatly qualified. Instead, younger people were hired to fill open positions.

  • $450,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff was a long time employee of a large company. He was terminated because of his age and treated less favorably than younger people.

  • $650,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Client was a lawyer for a public agency. When she opposed discriminatory practices in the selection of contracts, she was retaliated against and fired.

  • $400,000 settlement of claims against college

    Plaintiff was a long term, highly effective employee who was the victim of discrimination in pay; when she complained, she was retaliated against and fired.

$30 million age discrimination verdict in favor of Plaintiff

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$30 million age discrimination verdict in favor of Plaintiff

Plaintiff, age 67, was let go during a reduction in force. She was not considered for other positions for which she was greatly qualified. Instead, younger people were hired to fill open positions.

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  • Age discrimination verdict of $900,000

    Plaintiff was a 32 year employee who was treated less favorably and was disciplined more harshly than her younger counterparts, resulting in her termination from employment.

  • $475,000 disability settlement

    Client was discriminated against due to disability and childcare obligations.

  • $550,000 gender discrimination settlement

    $550,000 gender discrimination settlement achieved in advance of litigation.

  • $450,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff was a long time employee of a large company. He was terminated because of his age and treated less favorably than younger people.

  • $650,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Client was a lawyer for a public agency. When she opposed discriminatory practices in the selection of contracts, she was retaliated against and fired.

  • $400,000 settlement of claims against college

    Plaintiff was a long term, highly effective employee who was the victim of discrimination in pay; when she complained, she was retaliated against and fired.

$450,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

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$450,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

Plaintiff was a long time employee of a large company. He was terminated because of his age and treated less favorably than younger people.

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  • Age discrimination verdict of $900,000

    Plaintiff was a 32 year employee who was treated less favorably and was disciplined more harshly than her younger counterparts, resulting in her termination from employment.

  • $475,000 disability settlement

    Client was discriminated against due to disability and childcare obligations.

  • $550,000 gender discrimination settlement

    $550,000 gender discrimination settlement achieved in advance of litigation.

  • $30 million age discrimination verdict in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff, age 67, was let go during a reduction in force. She was not considered for other positions for which she was greatly qualified. Instead, younger people were hired to fill open positions.

  • $650,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Client was a lawyer for a public agency. When she opposed discriminatory practices in the selection of contracts, she was retaliated against and fired.

  • $400,000 settlement of claims against college

    Plaintiff was a long term, highly effective employee who was the victim of discrimination in pay; when she complained, she was retaliated against and fired.

$650,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

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$650,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

Client was a lawyer for a public agency. When she opposed discriminatory practices in the selection of contracts, she was retaliated against and fired.

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  • Age discrimination verdict of $900,000

    Plaintiff was a 32 year employee who was treated less favorably and was disciplined more harshly than her younger counterparts, resulting in her termination from employment.

  • $475,000 disability settlement

    Client was discriminated against due to disability and childcare obligations.

  • $550,000 gender discrimination settlement

    $550,000 gender discrimination settlement achieved in advance of litigation.

  • $30 million age discrimination verdict in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff, age 67, was let go during a reduction in force. She was not considered for other positions for which she was greatly qualified. Instead, younger people were hired to fill open positions.

  • $450,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff was a long time employee of a large company. He was terminated because of his age and treated less favorably than younger people.

  • $400,000 settlement of claims against college

    Plaintiff was a long term, highly effective employee who was the victim of discrimination in pay; when she complained, she was retaliated against and fired.

$400,000 settlement of claims against college

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$400,000 settlement of claims against college

Plaintiff was a long term, highly effective employee who was the victim of discrimination in pay; when she complained, she was retaliated against and fired.

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  • Age discrimination verdict of $900,000

    Plaintiff was a 32 year employee who was treated less favorably and was disciplined more harshly than her younger counterparts, resulting in her termination from employment.

  • $475,000 disability settlement

    Client was discriminated against due to disability and childcare obligations.

  • $550,000 gender discrimination settlement

    $550,000 gender discrimination settlement achieved in advance of litigation.

  • $30 million age discrimination verdict in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff, age 67, was let go during a reduction in force. She was not considered for other positions for which she was greatly qualified. Instead, younger people were hired to fill open positions.

  • $450,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff was a long time employee of a large company. He was terminated because of his age and treated less favorably than younger people.

  • $650,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Client was a lawyer for a public agency. When she opposed discriminatory practices in the selection of contracts, she was retaliated against and fired.

Six-Figure Settlement for Former Employee

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Six-Figure Settlement for Former Employee

Six-figure mediated settlement agreement for former employee of automobile industry supplier with claims of age discrimination.

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  • Age discrimination verdict of $900,000

    Plaintiff was a 32 year employee who was treated less favorably and was disciplined more harshly than her younger counterparts, resulting in her termination from employment.

  • $475,000 disability settlement

    Client was discriminated against due to disability and childcare obligations.

  • $550,000 gender discrimination settlement

    $550,000 gender discrimination settlement achieved in advance of litigation.

  • $30 million age discrimination verdict in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff, age 67, was let go during a reduction in force. She was not considered for other positions for which she was greatly qualified. Instead, younger people were hired to fill open positions.

  • $450,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff was a long time employee of a large company. He was terminated because of his age and treated less favorably than younger people.

  • $650,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Client was a lawyer for a public agency. When she opposed discriminatory practices in the selection of contracts, she was retaliated against and fired.

  • $400,000 settlement of claims against college

    Plaintiff was a long term, highly effective employee who was the victim of discrimination in pay; when she complained, she was retaliated against and fired.

Dismissal of Lawsuit Alleging Breach of Non-Compete

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Dismissal of Lawsuit Alleging Breach of Non-Compete

Complete dismissal of lawsuit alleging breach of non-compete, breach of non-solicitation, and destruction of property in exchange for nominal payment and without any court appearance.

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  • Age discrimination verdict of $900,000

    Plaintiff was a 32 year employee who was treated less favorably and was disciplined more harshly than her younger counterparts, resulting in her termination from employment.

  • $475,000 disability settlement

    Client was discriminated against due to disability and childcare obligations.

  • $550,000 gender discrimination settlement

    $550,000 gender discrimination settlement achieved in advance of litigation.

  • $30 million age discrimination verdict in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff, age 67, was let go during a reduction in force. She was not considered for other positions for which she was greatly qualified. Instead, younger people were hired to fill open positions.

  • $450,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff was a long time employee of a large company. He was terminated because of his age and treated less favorably than younger people.

  • $650,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Client was a lawyer for a public agency. When she opposed discriminatory practices in the selection of contracts, she was retaliated against and fired.

  • $400,000 settlement of claims against college

    Plaintiff was a long term, highly effective employee who was the victim of discrimination in pay; when she complained, she was retaliated against and fired.

Severance Agreement for Retaliation

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Severance Agreement for Retaliation

Six-figure severance agreement achieved for terminated employee who suffered retaliation for attempting to stop the submission of false payment claims to federal government contractors.

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  • Age discrimination verdict of $900,000

    Plaintiff was a 32 year employee who was treated less favorably and was disciplined more harshly than her younger counterparts, resulting in her termination from employment.

  • $475,000 disability settlement

    Client was discriminated against due to disability and childcare obligations.

  • $550,000 gender discrimination settlement

    $550,000 gender discrimination settlement achieved in advance of litigation.

  • $30 million age discrimination verdict in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff, age 67, was let go during a reduction in force. She was not considered for other positions for which she was greatly qualified. Instead, younger people were hired to fill open positions.

  • $450,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff was a long time employee of a large company. He was terminated because of his age and treated less favorably than younger people.

  • $650,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Client was a lawyer for a public agency. When she opposed discriminatory practices in the selection of contracts, she was retaliated against and fired.

  • $400,000 settlement of claims against college

    Plaintiff was a long term, highly effective employee who was the victim of discrimination in pay; when she complained, she was retaliated against and fired.

Six-figure Settlement for Former Employee

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Six-figure Settlement for Former Employee

Six-figure settlement for former employee of financial sector employer in federal court litigation prior to any motion for summary judgment or trial.

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  • Age discrimination verdict of $900,000

    Plaintiff was a 32 year employee who was treated less favorably and was disciplined more harshly than her younger counterparts, resulting in her termination from employment.

  • $475,000 disability settlement

    Client was discriminated against due to disability and childcare obligations.

  • $550,000 gender discrimination settlement

    $550,000 gender discrimination settlement achieved in advance of litigation.

  • $30 million age discrimination verdict in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff, age 67, was let go during a reduction in force. She was not considered for other positions for which she was greatly qualified. Instead, younger people were hired to fill open positions.

  • $450,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Plaintiff was a long time employee of a large company. He was terminated because of his age and treated less favorably than younger people.

  • $650,000 settlement in favor of Plaintiff

    Client was a lawyer for a public agency. When she opposed discriminatory practices in the selection of contracts, she was retaliated against and fired.

  • $400,000 settlement of claims against college

    Plaintiff was a long term, highly effective employee who was the victim of discrimination in pay; when she complained, she was retaliated against and fired.

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