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The Glass Ceiling

Jon Allison

Jon Allison’s Monday Blog

Congratulations to Hillary Clinton on becoming the first woman to be a presumptive nominee for a major political party in this Country. I would not wish for my daughter to ever be President. That said, as a father raising a daughter it’s important to me that my daughter believes that all opportunities are open to her if she chooses to pursue them. She’s only 9 now, but kids begin learning about Presidents by that age in school and she is well aware there has never been a woman who was President. I’m not sure whether someone pointed that out to her or if she noticed on her own, but she’s aware. Kids get a lot of input about what they can’t do and/or aren’t expected to be able to do. Clinton’s achievement sends a powerful message about what can be done.

Hillary Clinton clinches Democratic presidential nomination – CNN.com

Hillary Clinton: Madam presumptive nominee – The Economist

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A Good Day at the Office

Freking Myers & Reul

Yesterday, a federal jury in Cincinnati determined Chipotle Mexican Grill wrongfully terminated three of our clients on the basis of their gender and violated the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

Kelly Myers, Randy Freking and Kati Neff have been investigating and pursuing this case for over four years. Yesterday’s verdict was the culmination of a two week trial in U.S. District Court.

“We hope this sends a message to Denver that gender discrimination is not good for business,” Kelly Myers, as quoted by The Cincinnati Enquirer in their coverage of the verdict.

Here are links to other coverage of the verdict:

WCPO Channel 9 | WLWT Channel 5 | Fox19 Now | Cincinnati Business Courier

 

The Cincinnati Enquire

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Free Pete Company Declares Victory

Randy Freking

After 26 years of the “Free Pete” campaign, we are pleased that the Cincinnati Reds and Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that Pete Rose will be inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. According to Mr. Rose, the Reds’ Hall of Fame has always been his first choice, and we agree. The Free Pete Company is declaring victory and will no longer need to sell “Free Pete” merchandise.  

 As with any workplace issue, even the most serious, a 26 year sentence is simply beyond any reasonable form of punishment. As Mr. Rose commented, “I’ve never murdered a soul.”  

 

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FMR Proposes Dalton Street Post Office Be Renamed

Randy Freking

Freking Myers & Reul proposes that the Dalton Street Post Office should be renamed.  If the Bengals win tomorrow night our suggestion would be “McCarron Drive Post Office”.   Who Dey!!photo 3

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Our New Name: Freking Myers & Reul!

Freking Myers & Reul

After 25 years as Freking & Betz, we are pleased to announce our new name, adding partners Kelly Mulloy Myers and George Reul in recognition of the outstanding contributions by Kelly and George to the growth of the firm, and their successes representing working people.

“After Jeff Betz retired from practice in Ohio, we maintained the name in recognition of Jeff’s status as a co-founder. Now, years later, it became clear that we should recognize the new generation of leaders both within our firm but also within the legal community,” said co-founder Randy Freking. “Jeff will continue to provide support to our Colorado office, but he does so on a part-time basis.”

Ms. Myers is a leader in the Cincinnati Bar Association.  She is a graduate of the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, Class VI and currently serves as a Board member and Secretary of the Association and as a Board member and President of the Cincinnati Bar Foundation.   She was recognized as the 2015 Southwest Ohio “Lawyer of the Year” in Employment Law by Best Lawyers in America and has been consistently recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers as one of the top 25 women lawyers in Cincinnati.

Ms. Myers, a 1995 graduate of the University of Cincinnati Law School, joined the firm in 1996, and became a Partner in 2005.  Kelly earned a Master of Arts in Labor and Employment Relations from the University of Cincinnati in 1996 and was one of the first attorneys in Ohio to be certified as a specialist in Labor and Employment Law by the Ohio State Bar Association.  Kelly lives in Wyoming, Ohio with her husband, Todd, and daughter, Riley.

Mr. Reul has participated in jury trials in both state and federal court in Ohio and received favorable jury verdicts.  He has also represented employees at the Ohio Court of claims, as well as in mediation and arbitration.  Law and Politics Magazine has recognized George as an Ohio Rising Star.

George is a 1998 graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Law, joined the firm in 1998, and became a Partner in 2006. George received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University graduating with distinction and membership in Phi Beta Kappa.  He is a member of the Cincinnati Employment Lawyers Association and National Employment Lawyers Association, as well as the Cincinnati Bar Association, and American Bar Associations.  George lives in Anderson Township with his wife, Jill and two sons, Henry and James.

Along with the new name comes our new and updated website (www.fmr.law) and, of course, new email addresses for all of the members of the firm. For example, George can now be contacted at GReul@fmr.law. Don’t worry – during the transition, the former email addresses will seamlessly forward to the new address.

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