Jeffrey R. Vlasek

Partner

Cleveland
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Overview

Jeff Vlasek has practiced labor and employment law for nearly 15 years, and his experience draws from virtually every aspect of the field. He has represented clients in class and collective actions, as well as single-plaintiff discrimination litigation. Jeff also handles restrictive covenant litigation, including both enforcing and defending non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. In addition, Jeff has a background in labor law, including collective bargaining negotiations and appearing on behalf of management in arbitration proceedings. 

Jeff connects with his clients using a hands-on approach to personally understand the details and operations of client businesses in order to provide effective representation throughout any issues. He frequently works with executives, human resources personnel and all facets of management, and has been a repeat speaker at CLE seminars on labor law updates for the past several years.

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  • Regularly represents clients in class and collective actions for alleged wage and hour violations involving more than 500 opt-in plaintiffs.
  • Drafted and secured summary judgment in a myriad of single-plaintiff discrimination lawsuits.
  • Successfully represented management clients at labor arbitrations regarding employee discharge.
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Experience

  • Regularly represents clients in class and collective actions for alleged wage and hour violations involving more than 500 opt-in plaintiffs.
  • Drafted and secured summary judgment in a myriad of single-plaintiff discrimination lawsuits.
  • Successfully represented management clients at labor arbitrations regarding employee discharge.
  • Routinely manages and conducts discovery in class action litigation, including damages analysis and litigation strategy.
  • Enforced and defended non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, including arguing and receiving grants of preliminary injunctions against violators.
  • Regularly investigates, drafts position statements for, argues and receives dismissal entries on behalf of clients for EEOC and related state commission charges.
  • Represented clients at proceedings before administrative law judges, including unfair labor practice charges and allegations of disability discrimination.
  • Advises clients on day-to-day employee issues, including discipline, leave, workplace harassment and discrimination, and terminations.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 United States (2016)
    • Recommended in Labor and Employment: Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions) - defense
  • Ohio Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2014 to 2020)
  • Speaker at NLRB Developments Seminar (2019 to 2021)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Community

  • NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts and Technology: Board of Directors

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2017
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico
  • Ohio, 2007

Education

  • J.D., The University of Iowa College of Law, 2007, with distinction
  • M.A., Cleveland State University, 2004, English, passed thesis exam with honors
  • B.A., Miami University, 2002, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Blog

In The Blogs

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Employment Class Action Blog
Second Circuit Again Considers if Bakery Goods Drivers Are Excluded Under the FAA Because They Are "Transportation Workers". The Saga Continues . . .
By John B. Lewis
October 6, 2022
While the Supreme Court’s opinion in Southwest Airlines Co. v. Saxon, 142 S. Ct. 1783 (2022), brought needed clarity to the analysis of the class of workers excluded as “transportation workers” by the residual clause of the Federal...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Florida Requires Concrete Injury For Standing
July 14, 2022
On July 13, 2022, the Florida District Court of Appeal for the Fourth District affirmed an order dismissing a putative class action filed under the federal Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) for lack of standing. Southam v...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Third Circuit Reverses Certification of ADA Accommodations Class Based on Retail Store Access
By Gregory V. Mersol
July 12, 2022
Class action disability discrimination cases can be particularly difficult. While there is little question of whether a particular individual is in a protected group in a typical case involving race, gender or age, the question of whether...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Dead End for Class Certification? Ninth Circuit Provides Roadmap for Defending Independent Contractor Misclassification Class Claims
By Matthew J. Goodman, Todd H. Lebowitz
July 8, 2022
For businesses using independent contractor vendors, misclassification claims are usually well-suited for class certification. A plaintiff’s path toward certifying a class can be relatively smooth when all vendors of a particular kind are...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Office for Civil Rights Provides Guidance: HIPAA Privacy Rule on Disclosures of Information Relating to Reproductive Healthcare
July 6, 2022
On On June 29, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights (HHS OCR) issued guidance on when entities covered by...
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