Paul Bittner is a partner and vice chair of the Firm's Labor and Employment Group. He has been practicing law since 1993 with an emphasis on labor and employment law and has extensive experience representing employers.

Paul has represented both public and private sector employers in union negotiations, labor arbitrations, unfair labor practice proceedings, representation elections, and other related matters in front of the National Labor Relations Board and state agencies. Paul is a member of the Wage and Hour Defense Institute, providing counsel to employers on all aspects of wage and hour compliance. He has tried both individual and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Paul is a frequent lecturer on a variety of employment law topics including traditional labor law, ADA, FMLA, wage and hour and sexual harassment. He has successfully represented employers in jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations and administrative hearings.

Paul regularly counsels employers on union relations and union avoidance, Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) , Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other wage and hour laws, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Paul has also defended employers in various employment law claims pursuant to employment practice liability insurance policies.

Notable clients include:

  • Big Lots Stores, Inc.
  • Rural Metro Corporation
  • J.C. Penney Company, Inc.
  • ResCare Inc.
  • City of Dublin, Ohio
  • City of Grove City, Ohio
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Darcy Croskey v. Universal Health Services, Inc. November 2009
  • Represented Universal Health Services, Inc. in a civil action alleging retaliation under the FMLA. Obtained summary judgment and succeeded defending appeals to the Fifth District Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Ohio.
  • John Johnson, et al. v. Big Lots, Inc. June 2008
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Represented Big Lots, Inc. in a collective action consisting of roughly 1,000 current and former assistant store managers alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Successfully obtained Order from the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, decertifying class and dismissing opt-in plaintiffs’ claims at close of trial on the merits.
  • Deborah Hunt v. Big Lots Stores, Inc. August 2007
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Represented Big Lots, Inc. in jury trial with allegations of violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Jury found unanimously in favor of employer on all claims.
  • Gabbard v. USF Holland, Inc. November 2004
  • Obtained a summary judgment verdict for USF Holland, Inc., upheld on appeal to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a matter involving a former employee's claims for violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Selected Experience
  • Deputy General Counsel for large healthcare corporation
Firm Publications
Published In
  • "Bonuses, the FLSA and Henry Ford," published in Inside Indiana Business, August 19, 2016
  • “Workplace Impacts of Marijuana Legalization,” published by Assurex Global, February 2016
  • March/April 2014 Issue of OhioMatters entitled: “Getting It Right: Paying Overtime at One-Half Instead of Time and One-Half”
    Contributing and Chapter Editor, The Fair Labor Standards Act, 2nd Ed., BNA Books (2009-2011).
  • Braun vs. Wal-Mart, Chain Store Age: Online Edition, July 30, 2008
  • FMLA Notice Standards Have Gone to the Dogs, Legal Corner,, November 2007
  • Employers Encouraged to Examine Hiring Practices While Awaiting Immigration Reform, May 24, 2007
  • An Employment Contract Can Limit "Public Policy" Liability, Midwest In-House, July 2006
  • Dealing With a Union When Layoffs Become an Economic Reality, In Command, The Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association, January 29, 2004
  • NLRB Overrules 11-Year Election Photograph Ban, National Law Journal, February 2000
  • March/April 2014 Issue of OhioMatters entitled: “Getting It Right: Paying Overtime at One-Half Instead of Time and One-Half”
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