Jeffrey R. Vlasek

Partner

Cleveland
T 216.861.7421  |  F 216.696.0740

Drawing on his experience in general employment litigation and class and collective actions, Jeff Vlasek focuses on representing clients through labor and employment litigation. He 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.

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  • Represented a highway and airport food-service company in collective class action involving more than 250 opt-in plaintiffs that had allegedly been misclassified for overtime payment purposes. Conducted written discovery, handled depositions, and wrote motion practice opposing certification, which was successful in decertifying the class.
  • Represented an aerospace company in four simultaneous class actions regarding changes to retirement healthcare. Conducted discovery and drafted motion practice for all four cases simultaneously, both at the district court and appellate court level, as well as with three separate arbitrations.
  • Represented a railway shipping company in a single plaintiff claim involving the Railway Labor Act at both the district court and appellate court level, resulting in judgment for the client at both summary judgment and appeal.
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Experience

  • Represented a highway and airport food-service company in collective class action involving more than 250 opt-in plaintiffs that had allegedly been misclassified for overtime payment purposes. Conducted written discovery, handled depositions, and wrote motion practice opposing certification, which was successful in decertifying the class.
  • Represented an aerospace company in four simultaneous class actions regarding changes to retirement healthcare. Conducted discovery and drafted motion practice for all four cases simultaneously, both at the district court and appellate court level, as well as with three separate arbitrations.
  • Represented a railway shipping company in a single plaintiff claim involving the Railway Labor Act at both the district court and appellate court level, resulting in judgment for the client at both summary judgment and appeal.
  • Represented a ceramic manufacturer in a single plaintiff discrimination claim alleging retaliation and a hostile work environment. Completed discovery and drafted motion practice, including a successful summary judgment motion.
  • Assisted in representation of industry-leading medical transcription outsourcing voice recognition software company in FLSA class action alleging unpaid wages and overtime. Assisted in creation of strategy and in decertification of collective class action claim. Argued that the plaintiffs did not provide documentation to prove claim. Drafted a motion and conducted discovery.

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 2016)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Community

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

Services

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2015
  • 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. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2009
  • 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

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Employment Class Action Blog
Reining In Individual Arbitration – Ninth Circuit Rules Class Waivers Unenforceable
By Carrie A. Valdez
August 24, 2016
In a 2-1 ruling, the Ninth Circuit became the second federal court of appeals to agree with the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) position that the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) prohibits class action waivers in employees’...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Subway Adopts Novel Approach to Stem Wage and Hour Claims
August 15, 2016
Subway is one of the largest franchisors in the world, with over 26,000 restaurants in the United States alone. It is also in one of the industries most prone to wage and hour claims, a fact reflected in both Department of Labor (DOL)...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Ninth Circuit Grants 23(f) Review of Denial of Class Certification for Inadequate Representation
August 12, 2016
We’re all familiar with the basic requirements of Rule 23(a), with the focus most frequently on the issues of commonality and typicality under Rules 23(a)(2) and (3). Numerosity under Rule 23(a)(1) can on occasion be an issue with smaller...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Seventh Circuit Clarifies Rules for Compensating Tipped Employees Performing Non-tipped Work
By Stanley C. Ball
July 28, 2016
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and most states permit restaurants to pay tipped employees a tip-credit rate, an amount less than the minimum wage with the expectation that tips will make up the difference. It goes without saying...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Here’s a Tip for You, Jack – Fifth Circuit Upholds Ruling on Restaurant Credit Card Offset
June 23, 2016
Life is filled with risky decisions. Should you take that new job? Should you put in an offer on that house that is just out of your price range? Should you really eat that last piece of cake when you’ve already had two? Companies make big...
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