Jonathan T. Hyman
Jonathan T. Hyman
Jonathan T. Hyman

Direct Dial: 216.736.7226
Fax: 216.621.6536
Email: jth@kjk.com

Litigation, Labor and Employment Law

Jon Hyman provides proactive and results-driven solutions to employers’ workforce problems.

He focuses his practice in the representation of companies in labor and employment disputes. His representation extends beyond the courtroom, into various state and federal administrative agencies. Jon’s recent victories include the winning the decertification of a wage and hour class action, obtaining summary judgment in a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, prevailing in a jury trial on breach of a non-competition agreement, and achieving the decertification of a labor union.

Complementing his litigation practice, Jon also advises individuals and companies on a wide-range of employment, human relations, and labor-relations issues. Jon serves an “outside in-house counsel” role for businesses that lack an in-house labor & employment attorney. In this role, Jon drafts policies and handbooks, audits HR practices and procedures, and advises companies on day-to-day HR issues such as employee discipline and terminations and workplace investigations. This role also frequently requires Jon’s service as an author and speaker on myriad employment-related issues.

Jon is the author of the nationally recognized Ohio Employer’s Law Blog—www.ohioemployerlawblog.com—which the ABA has commended as one of the top 100 legal blogs for the past three years. LexisNexis has also named Jon’s blog to its list of the Top 25 Labor & Employment Blogs.

You can also find Jon commenting on current labor and employment law issues on:
• Twitter (@jonhyman);
• LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanhyman); and
• Facebook (www.facebook.com/ohio.employer.law.blog).

Workforce Management, the nation’s oldest human resources publication, recently named Jon to its editorial advisory board. Jon also serves as a featured blogger for Workforce.com.

Using the social media experience he gained as an early-adopter, Jon co-authored and edited the book, Think Before You Click: Strategies for Managing Social Media in the Workplace. It is the first book of its kinds to address the developing intersection between social media, human resources, and labor and employment law.

Jon’s second book—The Employer Bill of Rights: A Manager’s Guide to Workplace Law—is a practical handbook designed to help managers and business owners navigate the ever-changing maze of labor and employment laws, rules, and regulations.

Jon is an in-demand national speaker on employment law and social media issues. You can see a complete list of his recent speaking engagements at http://www.ohioemployerlawblog.com/p/speaking-engagements.html. Jon has also been quoted on workplace issues in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, Business Insurance Magazine, Crain’s Cleveland Business, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He also appeared as a guest on WCPN’s The Sound of Ideas, discussing work place social media issues, which streams online at www.ideastream.org/soi/entry/42863.

Super Lawyers named Jon an Ohio Rising Star in the area of Employment Law for 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Jon is admitted to practice in the State of Ohio, in addition to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Ohio, Southern District of Ohio, the Northern District of Oklahoma, and Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Finally, Jon appeared on a November 1999 episode of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, but sadly lacked the fastest fingers.

EducationCase Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1997

Binghamton University, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1994
Professional AssociationsCleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

American Bar Association
Awards/HonorsMartindale Hubbell AV rated

2013 Ohio Rising Star
PublicationsThink Before You Click: Strategies for Managing Social Media in the Workplace, various presentations (2010 – 2011).

FMLA: The Latest Developments, 29th Annual SEAK National Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference (2009).

Family Responsibility Discrimination, 8th Annual Northern Ohio Labor & Employment Law Conference (2008).

Best Practices to Help Effectively Administer FMLA Leave in Your Organization to Avoid Costly Mistakes, Council on Education in Management (2006).

Avoiding FMLA Retaliation Claims, Council on Education in Management (2006).

Best Practices in FMLA Administration, Council on Education in Management, Program Moderator (2004).

FLSA & State Wage & Hour Update, Case Studies of Your Most Confusing Wage & Hour Dilemmas, Council on Education in Management (2004).

Investigating Employee Backgrounds: The Fair Credit Reporting Act, Council on Education in Management (2003).

Note, Removing the Effect of Disclosures from Federal Employment Discrimination: Stripping Away the Last Vestiges of the After-Acquired Evidence Doctrine, 47 Case W. Reserve L. Rev. 117 (1996).
Representative CasesDefeated a wage & hour class certification: Mickle, et al., v. Wellman Prods., Okla. App. No. IN-107910

Obtained verdict, upheld on appeal, in successor liability and fraudulent transfer case: Per Co. Ltd. v. Great Lakes Factors, 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 22941 (6th Cir. 2008) (fraudulent transfer).

Obtained partial summary judgment, and defense verdict on remaining claims, in ADA case: Switala v. Schwan’s Sales Enterprise, 231 F. Supp.2d 672 (N.D. Ohio 2002).

Secured the right of a contractor to use the labor union of its choice on an airport runway project: City of Cleveland ex Rel. O’Malley v. White, 148 Ohio App.3d 564, 774 N.E.2d 337 (Ohio Ct. App. 2002) (labor relations).
InterestsSocial media and golf

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