Employment, Education and Civil Rights Attorneys
At the law firm of Olds George Law LLC, our attorneys have extensive experience handling all aspects of employment law for employees, including the following:
Discrimination: It is illegal to discriminate against someone based on their race, age, gender, disability, religion or national origin. Discrimination can take many forms and is often subtle, rather than overt. Some common types of workplace discrimination include:
Medical Leave and Requests for Accommodations: The Family Medical leave Act (FMLA) is designed to protect employees who need to take unpaid leave to deal with a medical condition or to care for a family member who is suffering from a serious health condition. If your request for FMLA has been denied or if your employer has taken retaliatory actions against you for asserting your right to FMLA, we may be able to help. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) employees have the right to request reasonable accommodations to address a disability
Whistleblower and Retaliation claims: It is illegal for an employer to take action against an employee who has made a good faith report of wrongdoing. It is also illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee who has asserted any of their rights. We can help hold employers accountable if your rights have been violated.
Education law is an umbrella term for state and federal laws that impact both students and school faculty. Issues involving education law can include a student’s right to a full and complete education, as well as the right of school faculty to be free of discriminatory treatment. These issues can touch on a number of different legal areas, which is why it is important to seek help from experienced lawyers who understand how to effectively resolve matters concerning education law.
Education professionals: Faculty and staff members have some job protections through tenure and other rules. However, they may still find themselves subject to arbitrary or discriminatory treatment. Many of the issues encountered by educational professionals encompass employment law and civil rights law, both areas to which we have dedicated our legal practice.
Students: A full and complete education is a student’s gateway to a productive and satisfying life. Unfortunately, an appropriate education can be denied if a school district fails to recognize your child’s special needs or fails to devise programs to give your child the education they are entitled to under federal and state laws. In addition, bullying, sexual harassment, discrimination and false discipline can also impact your child’s right to a complete education. Parents can feel helpless when it comes to addressing these issues. The good news is, our attorneys are here to help.
We also represent undergraduate and graduate students. When you have invested tens of thousands of dollars in your future, you cannot afford to have your education derailed by actions involving false discipline, student discipline, arbitrary practices or discrimination. You have rights. We can help you assert them, keeping you on track to achieve your goals.
Whether a student is being denied the right to an education, or if you are being discriminated against as a college student or educational professional, we are here for you. To schedule a consultation to discuss your situation, call us at 412-492-8975 or contact us online.
Addressing Abuses of Power
We live in a society that is governed by rules and laws that are meant to apply to all of us, even the government officials who are charged with enforcing or carrying out the laws. Unfortunately, and all too often, government representatives – police officers, school district officials or other government officials who have been given authority over our lives – are fallible and can be driven to abuse their authority and power. They might deny your rights for arbitrary or discriminatory reasons, or they might have been offended when you pointed out their misconduct or mistakes. Sadly, they might simply be bad people who are ready to victimize those over whom they have authority.
This victimization can take place on the job, in our schools or on our streets. It can take place if a government official wrongly denies a license or permit or takes action to deprive you of your professional license or certification. It might happen when a supervisor threatens an employee’s job or harasses an employee whom they supervise. It can also happen if school administrators retaliate against parents who have tried to secure rights for their children. Some government representatives have the power to disrupt a family’s life and interfere with a parent’s relationship with their children.
A person who is a victim of abuse of government power does have rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution provides certain rights and freedoms to citizens including the freedoms of speech, press, religion, assembly and petition. The Fourteenth Constitutional Amendment provides due process of the law and equal protection under the law. Despite the rights and protections afforded under these Constitutional Amendments, certain individuals continue to suffer adverse actions at the hands of their employers, the government, law enforcement and other powerful entities.
Edward Olds has litigated constitutional, retaliation and discrimination issues for over 40 years. He has challenged the improper action of local, state and federal governments and major private employers. He has fought for the rights guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth Amendment, as well as the statutory rights of individuals aggrieved by wrongful governmental or private actions. He has always championed the rights of the individual against the institutions. His practice involving employment cases covers the broad spectrum of hostile work environment, race, gender, and age discrimination, medical leave, restrictive covenants and retaliation.
Mr. Olds has been involved in hundreds of federal cases and numerous jury trials and appeals. Many of his clients come to him with employment or educational issues involving their current employer or school.
When he is not working on cases, Mr. Olds busies himself with 5 grandchildren, (all girls) tending his perennial gardens, cooking and playing golf. His garden has blossoms and flowers from the mid-February through the end of November, bringing joy, color and scent practically all year long.
Jaimie George is dedicated and compassionate civil litigator. For more than a decade, Ms. George has advocated on behalf of individuals who have encountered civil rights violations, especially those arising in the context of employment or education matters.
She is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Prior to entering the legal profession, Ms. George obtained a graduate degree in history and worked in the archival field. Ms. George maintains an interest in history, and spends much of her free time hiking in the local parks with her dog.