Employers across numerous industries rely on Jim Petrie to represent them in employment-related disputes and litigation, including allegations of discrimination or harassment and wrongful termination. Jim mediates and negotiates settlements of claims against employers of all sizes, from small businesses to national corporations, and provides regular training on how to maintain compliance and avoid costly litigation.
Jim has extensive experience counseling clients on leave and accommodation issues, taking an approach to ensure employers remain compliant with the regulations governing leave and accommodation, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), while being able to meet staffing and operational needs.
Clients look to Jim for advice on the full gamut of labor and employment issues arising under federal and state laws, such as the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the National Labor Relations Act. Jim is experienced in drafting employment agreements, separation agreements, independent contractor agreements, releases, non-compete/non-solicitation agreements, affirmative action plans, and employee handbooks, policies and procedures.
Jim regularly represents clients in federal and state courts and courts of appeals and before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and the State Personnel Board of Review. He is approved as defense counsel by Employment Practices Liability Insurance and Directors and Officers Liability Insurance carriers.
Before joining Epstein Becker Green, Jim was the chair of the Employment & Labor group of a law firm in Ohio. Earlier in his career, he was Assistant Attorney General of the Employment Law Section in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Jim sits on the board of Habitat for Humanity – MidOhio.