My firm advocates for job applicants and employees who fall victim to the ever increasing use (and misuse) of background reports. In an economy where jobs are scarce and every little bit of information is vital on an application, job applicants and employees are slandered as ‘liars’ because background reporting companies often get the information wrong. Even if a job applicant or an existing employee has a criminal background (we all make mistakes), an employer is obligated to provide the applicant or employee with a copy of the background report and a summary of consumer rights BEFORE it rejects the applicant for a job or fires the employee if already hired. This gives the job applicant or employee time to dispute the contents of the report or explain the circumstances before a final employment decision is made. We represent job applicants and employees across the nation. We are paid on a contingency (so you do not have to pay an hourly rate). Please feel free to contact us if you have experienced a problem with your background report.
We also represent people who have been affected by credit reporting errors. The credit bureaus (Experian, TransUnion, Equifax etc.), just like the background reporting companies often report incorrect or dated information. For example, if your credit report still shows that you owe an amount that has been paid off, you may have a claim against the credit bureau. Call us if you have experienced problems with your credit report.
And as a parent, spouse, and business owner, I know the value of having aggressive yet smart representation to protect my family and assets. If marital problems cannot be resolved through counseling, find representation with an attorney who navigates you through the pitfalls and traps encountered during divorce litigation. Having represented hundreds of individuals going through a divorce and having resolved my own amicably, I know the path to a successful resolution as well as effective trial strategies. I take pride in representing divorce and custody clients in Avon, Avon Lake, Westlake, Rocky River, Bay Village, Amherst, Vermilion, North Ridgeville, Sheffield, Sheffield Lake, Lorain County and Cuyahoga County.
In addition to representing victims of background and credit report errors, our firm aggressively represents victims of harassment and hostile work environments. Employees are protected from unwanted comments and behavior (stemming from sexual, gender-identity, sexual orientation, race, religious or other harassment) and have rights under Federal Laws. Contact us if you feel you are being harassed.
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Law Director||Elected Law Director of the City of Amherst, Ohio||2007|
|Director||O'Toole McLaughlin Dooley Pecora||2013 - Present|
|Law Director||City Of Amherst||2007 - Present|
|Attorney||O'Toole McLaughlin Dooley Pecora||2001 - 2013|
|Magistrate||Lorain County Domestic Relations Court||1999 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Ohio State Bar Assoication||Member||1998 - Present|
|Lorain County Bar Association||Legal Ethics & Grievance Committee||N/A|
|Amherst Community Improvement Corporation||Board Member||N/A|
|Cleveland Plain Dealer||Employers prefer candidates with criminal records to those who lie on resumes: "The Unvarnished Truth"||2014|
|Cleveland Plain Dealer||Errors in background checks cost job seekers||2012|
|Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|University of Toledo||B.Ed.||N/A|
|White v. CRST; Hall v. Vitran; Ryals v. HireRight; Smith v. NEMF; Roe v. Intellicorp; Avery v. Boyd||All cases settled|
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