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Recent 6th Circuit Win Featured in the ABA Journal

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Last year’s victory by GK attorneys Karen Giffen and Donald Bulea was affirmed by the 6th Circuit when it found that a $666 pay raise was not satanic retaliation for union organizing. The ABA’s, Debra Cassens Weiss published an article in the September ABA Journal entitled, “6th Circuit rejects law prof’s claim that ‘mark of the beast’ pay raise constituted retaliation.”  The article discusses the matter of Jean Lifter v. Cleveland State University, et al., where District Court Judge Patricia A. Gaughan found for the University and the Dean of the law school and against faculty who claimed the Dean had retaliated against them due to their union organizing.

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Diane Citrino Highlighted in Civil Rights Insider, Fall 2017 Edition

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Diane Citrino has spent much of her legal career dedicated to the enforcement of local, state, and federal civil rights laws. Now an attorney in private practice at Giffen & Kaminski, a women-owned law firm in Cleveland, Ohio, Diane has served in a wide range of public and private capacities, including litigation focused on civil rights enforcement. Her current practice includes independent investigations in school and work settings.

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Good Workplace Investigations are Good Business

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Diane Citrino and Danielle Linert recently published an article in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal about the benefits of conducting a thorough and impartial workplace investigation.

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Human Trafficking and Civil Rights in Ohio – A Briefing Report of the Ohio Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

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Diane Citrino is Chair of the Ohio Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  The Committee recently  released a report following a series of panel discussions on civil rights and human trafficking in Ohio.  The Committee examined the civil rights impact of human trafficking in Ohio; including the impact of human trafficking on individuals and communities targeted because of their race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, or disability.

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Diane Citrino & Danielle Linert’s Feature Article in the 2017 CMBA Bar Journal: Good Workplace Investigations Are Good Business

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CMBA Bar Journal Feature Article: Good Workplace Investigations Are Good Business, By: Diane Citrino & Danielle Linert

Conducting thorough and impartial workplace investigations is good business — pure and simple. When addressing employee complaints or allegations of other workplace misconduct, employers should conduct their investigations in a prompt, fair, and objective manner.

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Kerin Lyn Kaminski Selected by the Greater Cleveland YWCA as One of the 2017 Women of Achievement Award Recipients

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Kerin Lyn Kaminski has been selected by the Greater Cleveland YWCA as one of the 2017 Women of Achievement Award recipients.  This prestigious Award is presented to a select group of Northeast Ohio women who have achieved extraordinary accomplishments through career success, community service, leadership, mentoring, and dedication to YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.  Kerin is a former President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and an influential leader in the community.  This Award recognizes her outstanding commitment to community service and diversity in the legal profession and beyond.   The Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon is being held at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel on May 8, 2017.

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Donald Bulea Selected by The Cleveland 20/30 Club to Receive the 2017 Northeast Ohio Movers & Shakers Award

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Donald Bulea has been selected by The Cleveland 20/30 Club to receive the 2017 Northeast Ohio Movers & Shakers Award.  This Award is well-deserved and honors Doni’s commitment to the Cleveland community and his outstanding leadership.  Doni is an active volunteer with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and serves on the Board of BRITE Cleveland, an organization committed to bringing joy to the Northeast Ohio Community through arts and music.  He currently is the Founding Board Member and Chair of BRITE.

Diane Citrino Invited to be a Panelist at Tri-C’s Celebrating Diversity Series, Spring 2017 Transformative Conversations Program

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On March 23, 2017, Diane Citrino has been invited to be a panelist at Tri-C’s Celebrating Diversity Series, Spring 2017 Transformative Conversations program.  The focus of this program is “Standing Up for Others:  The Making of an Advocate.”   Diane will be among an elite panel of Fair Housing Advocates who will be interviewed by Marilyn Tobocman, Principal Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the Ohio Attorney General’ Office.

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Jan Roller Moderates a Panel of Judges at the CMBA International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017

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Jan Roller will be moderating a panel of sitting judges at the CMBA International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017. During the day-long program entitled, Women Navigating Their Way to New Perspectives, Opportunities & Heights,” there will be a variety of fresh perspectives shared on essential practice and leadership skills. During her session, Jan will explore with members of the judiciary, their perspectives on what compelled them to run for judge, the support they had along the way, the lessons they have learned, and the most rewarding aspects, both personally and professionally, of their position.

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Lauren Tompkins Becomes the Chair of the Executive Counsel of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section

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Lauren Tompkins has become the Chair of the Executive Counsel of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section.  She formerly served as the Co-Chair of the Section.  In this expanded role, Lauren is largely responsible for the Labor & Employment Section’s CLE programming, including the Lunch and Learn Series and the CMBA’s 17th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference taking place in April.  Lauren is also an active volunteer with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.