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P. Jason Dejelo Senior Counsel

Jason maintains a diverse, management-side employment law practice covering the full spectrum of the employment relationship, including counseling clients on hiring, discipline and termination decisions, medical leaves of absence, workplace safety concerns, accommodating persons with disabilities, and on conducting internal investigations; advising clients on compliance with Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the WARN Act, the Davis-Bacon Act, and similar state and local laws; counseling clients on traditional labor law matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act, including the negotiation and interpretation of collective bargaining agreements; drafting and reviewing personnel policies for compliance with state and federal law; drafting employment, independent contractor, non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality, and severance agreements; and I-9 compliance counseling.

A significant portion of Jason’s practice is devoted to employment litigation.  He defends employers before state and federal administrative agencies and state and federal courts in claims involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, state and federal wage and hour laws, and leave of absence laws.  Jason’s litigation practice also includes representing employers in actions to enforce and defend trade secret and non-compete matters, which actions often involve appearing in court to obtain temporary restraining orders and other injunctive relief as to former employees who violate non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure covenants.  Jason has also successfully arbitrated many grievances on behalf of employers with unionized workforces in cases involving both disciplinary actions and contract interpretation.

Jason has written and spoken on numerous labor and employment issues, including employee leave rights, records retention requirements, I-9 compliance and enforcement, drafting enforceable non-compete agreements, Davis-Bacon prevailing wages, employer requirements for returning to work military personnel, and NLRB developments.

Jason previously practiced law at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP before joining Calfee in 2007.  He is a founding board member and former secretary of the Central Ohio affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.  Jason also is a former valedictorian of St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, who, along with his brother Jeff, remain the only set of brothers to have been named valedictorian of St. Ignatius in consecutive years.