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Lisa G. Whittaker

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  • 41 South High Street
    Suite 2900
    Columbus, OH 43215

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Lisa practices in all areas of management-side labor and employment law, helping employers manage the legal issues affecting their workforce. She defends employers in litigation in both state and federal court and before administrative agencies against allegations of discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, Title VII, whistleblower claims and public policy violations. She also represents clients in charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and the Department of Labor. Recently, Lisa sat second and third chair in two wrongful termination hearings, which lasted 25 days. The Porter Wright team obtained a favorable ruling on behalf of the Columbus City Schools District.

Lisa also advises employers on the full range of employment issues, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and COBRA. She has helped clients revise and update their employee handbook, their employment policies, handled incident investigations and advised clients regarding last chance agreements, performance improvement plans and severance agreements and releases.

Lisa also represents clients in workers’ compensation hearings and has a wealth of knowledge about the Ohio Public Records Act and Open Meetings Act. She has successfully defended state agencies against Writs of Mandamus. Lisa has traveled throughout the state of Ohio presenting at CLE’s and other speaking engagements on records management, and the Ohio Public Records and Open Meetings Acts. She is a frequent writer for the Ohio Employment Law Letter and frequently writes for Porter Wright's Labor and Employment Law blog – Employer Law Report.

Prior to joining Porter Wright, Lisa worked in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in the Employment Law and the Constitutional Office Sections, where she represented the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, The Ohio State University and other State colleges and universities and other state agencies in defense of employment and labor law claims. Lisa also brings significant knowledge gained from her background in teaching to help employers effectively educate their managers and supervisors.

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