John Gerak

Office Managing Shareholder Cleveland

John Gerak focuses his practice on employment counseling, including employment policies and practices, reductions in force, executive hires/terminations, and issues arising out of mergers and acquisitions.  John also has significant experience handling complex employment litigation, including class and collective action litigation and non-compete matters.


Experience

John has handled a broad range of litigation matters for a diverse group of clients, including hospitals, restaurants, manufacturers, nursing homes, industrial distributors, financial institutions and transportation and logistics companies.  John has defended these and other employers on claims arising under various labor and employment laws before administrative bodies and in federal and state courts throughout the country. 

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) (2017-present)
  • Employment Law American Inn of Court
  • Federal Bar Association
  • NFL Alumni Association
  • APG Alumni Board for the Penn State University Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department
  • Penn State Graduate Studies/Mentor
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Lorain County Chamber of Commerce
  • Lecturer/Adjunct Professor for the Penn State University Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Speeches:

  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Acquisition and Integration: Harmonizing New Voices Into One Chorus'' - Boca Raton - November 10, 2017
  • Western Reserve Chapter of SHRM - ''How the Election Could Affect Employers'' - Canfield - January 10, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Mental Health, Drug, and Alcohol Issues in the Workplace'' - Cleveland - August 18, 2016
  • Riverside HR Forum - ''Pressing Issues in Labor & Employment Law'' - Cleveland - May 17, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Workplace'' - Chicago - May 05, 2016
  • Western Reserve SHRM Meeting - ''What to Expect in 2016'' - Warren - March 08, 2016
  • Nathaniel R. Jones Inn of Court - ''Acting Up – Workplace Discrimination and Harassment'' - Youngstown - January 20, 2016
  • Ohio Association for Justice Winter Convention - ''Avoiding Abuse & Misuse of the FMLA'' - Cleveland - December 04, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''The Evolution of the Problem Employee'' - Cleveland - November 18, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Exclusive Corporate Labor & Employment Seminar - ''Supreme Court Updates'' - Phoenix - November 12, 2015
  • Human Resources Association of Central Ohio Columbus - ''Legal Update'' - Columbus - October 13, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Getting the Right People for the Right Jobs: Behavioral-Based Interviewing & Job Advertisement Creation'' - Cleveland - August 20, 2015
  • Nathaniel R. Jones Inn of Court - ''Are You Cloud Competent?'' - Youngstown - May 20, 2015
  • Riverside HR Forum - ''HR Hot Topics'' - Cleveland - May 19, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Manager Training Seminar - ''Wage & Hour Law: What Constitutes Hours Worked'' - Youngstown - May 18, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Avoiding Abuse and Misuse of the FMLA'' - San Antonio - May 14, 2015
  • Western Reserve SHRM - ''HR Week of Worry'' - Youngstown - January 13, 2015
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Inclement Weather Policies'' - Webinar - December 11, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Employees Behaving Badly: Curbing FMLA Abuse'' - Cleveland - November 20, 2014
  • Federal Bar Association Annual State of the Court Seminar - ''Risk v. Reward: The New Pros and Cons of Arbitration Agreements and Class Action Waivers'' - Cleveland - September 08, 2014
  • Ohio State Bar Association Webinar - ''Wage & Hour Trends for 2014 and Beyond and Commonly Misunderstood Areas'' - September 03, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Bundles of Joy – Pregnancy and Postpartum Issues in the Workplace'' - Cleveland - August 21, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Bundles of Joy – Pregnancy and Postpartum Issues in the Workplace'' - Columbus - August 20, 2014
  • 2014 Arizona Bar Association Annual Convention - ''Lessons from Employment Law: Learning from the Past and Looking Toward the Future'' - Tucson - June 13, 2014
  • Columbus Manager Training - ''Wage & Hour Law, Managing Discipline & Discharge and Medical Information in the Workplace'' - Columbus - May 27, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Workplace Bullying'' - Las Vegas - May 09, 2014
  • Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association Seminar - ''Damages 360'' - Cleveland - December 06, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Reductions in Force'' - Cleveland - November 21, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Manager Training'' - Youngstown - November 14, 2013
  • Crain's Cleveland Business General and In-House Counsel Summit - ''Contemporary Employment Issues: From Your Boss to the Loading Dock'' - Cleveland - November 13, 2013
  • Lorain County Take Five Breakfast Series - ''How an EEOC Charge Becomes an 'Expanded' EEOC Lawsuit'' - Elyria - October 22, 2013
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Midwest Labor Conference - ''The Changing Legal Landscape for LGBT Issues in the Workplace'' - Columbus - October 04, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Workplace Accommodations'' - Cleveland - August 15, 2013
  • Ohio State Bar Association, CLE Program-Advanced Employment Law Course - ''Wage & Hour Litigation Trends'' - Columbus - July 26, 2013
  • Construction Employers Association - ''Employment Law Update'' - Cleveland - June 19, 2013
  • Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce - ''Background Checks'' - Akron - May 23, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''AOK, AOL, or SOL? Employees' Use and Abuse of FMLA, ADA, Workers' Comp, and Military Leaves'' - New Orleans - May 08, 2013
  • Penn State University Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations 70th Anniversary Dinner and Professional Symposium - ''Leave of Absence Playbook'' - University Park - April 13, 2013
  • Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Background Checks in 2012'' - Youngstown - March 26, 2013
  • Riverside 2013 HR Forum - ''Key Employment Law Changes and Trends for 2013'' - Orlando - March 14, 2013
  • Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Employment Law Changes and Trends for 2013'' - Youngstown - February 27, 2013
  • Lorain County Take Five Breakfast Series - ''Rules of Engagement: When Employees Take a Leave of Absence'' - Elyria - December 20, 2012
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Workplace Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation'' - Youngstown - November 20, 2012
  • Lorain County Take Five Breakfast Series - ''Retaliation – A Risk on the Rise'' - Elyria - November 15, 2012
  • Association of Corporate Counsel Seminar - ''Accessing Your Employee’s Digital Communications'' - Cleveland - October 25, 2012
  • Lorain County Take Five Breakfast Series - ''How to Strike the Right Balance Between Not Hiring an Axe Murderer, Not Becoming Big Brother and Not Running Afoul of the EEOC'' - Elyria - October 18, 2012
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Midwest Labor Conference - ''ADR: Mandatory Arbitration Agreements and Other Dispute Resolution Options'' - Columbus - October 11, 2012
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Wage & Hour Essentials'' - Youngstown - September 25, 2012
  • ACC - Sports & Entertainment Webinar - ''Exempt Classifications in "Sales" Departments of Sports and Entertainment Entities'' - September 18, 2012
  • Western Reserve SHRM Meeting - ''Criminal/Background Checks for Employment Purposes'' - Boardman - September 11, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Navigating Difficult End of Leave Issues Under the ADA, FMLA, and Workers' Compensation Laws'' - Cleveland - August 30, 2012
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Save the Drama for Your Mama'' - Youngstown - May 22, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Why Should You Care About Wage & Hour Compliance'' - Phoenix - May 12, 2012
  • 28th Annual Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Introduction to Health Care Law or Health Law Institute - ''Social Media'' - Cleveland - April 27, 2012
  • Cleveland Employment Inn of Court - ''Deposition Practice Skills'' - Cleveland - March 08, 2012
  • Riverside 2012 HR Forum - ''Medical Information in the Workplace'' - Las Vegas - February 16, 2012
  • Northeast Ohio Chapter of ACC - ''The Social Media Revolution: Employee Privacy vs. Employee Rights'' - Cleveland - November 30, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''How to Avoid Ethical Traps for Employment Lawyers'' - Cleveland - November 17, 2011
  • Toledo Human Resource Association - ''The Social Media Revolution: Employee Privacy vs. Employee Rights'' - Toledo - November 03, 2011
  • Lorain County Take Five Breakfast Series - ''Workplace Drama of a Different Kind'' - Elyria - September 20, 2011
  • Western Reserve SHRM Annual Meeting - ''Hostile Work Environment Harassment'' - Girard - September 13, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Workplace Accommodations'' - Cleveland - August 18, 2011
  • Lorain County Take Five Breakfast Series - ''How to Develop & Retain Loyal Customers'' - Elyria - May 17, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Medical Information in the Workplace'' - Chicago - May 12, 2011
  • Lorain County Take Five Breakfast Series - ''Workplace Bullying'' - Elyria - February 15, 2011
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Social Media & the HR Manager'' - Boardman - February 14, 2011
  • Lorain County Take Five Breakfast Series - ''Workplace Bullying'' - Elyria - January 15, 2011
  • Federal Bar Association - ''Confidentiality of Medical Records in the Workplace'' - Cleveland - December 06, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Five Simple Rules for Minimizing the Risk of Employment Litigation'' - Cleveland - November 18, 2010
  • Lorain County Take Five Breakfast Series - ''Managing Discipline & Discharge'' - Elyria - November 09, 2010
  • Midwest Labor Conference - ''Common Wage & Hour Pitfalls'' - Columbus - October 14, 2010
  • North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce - ''How to Develop and to Retain Loyal Customers'' - North Ridgeville - September 21, 2010
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''An Update From Capital Hill: Labor and Employment Law Legislation'' - Youngstown - September 14, 2010
  • Healthcare Finance Management Association (HFMA) - ''Wage and Hour Laws: Hidden Liabilities for Northeast Ohio Hospitals'' - Akron - August 26, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Wage & Hour Trends From Both Sides of the Bar'' - Cleveland - August 12, 2010
  • Western Reserve Chapter of SHRM - ''Workplace Bullying'' - Youngstown - July 20, 2010
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Litigation Trends'' - Youngstown - July 20, 2010
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Early Signs of Union Organizing Activity'' - Youngstown - July 15, 2010
  • Greater Cleveland Auto Dealers Association - ''Social Networking in the Workplace'' - Cleveland - July 08, 2010
  • Western Reserve Chapter of SHRM - ''Wage & Hour Pitfalls'' - Youngstown - June 15, 2010
  • Greater Cleveland Auto Dealers Association - ''Wage & Hour Pitfalls'' - Brecksville - May 21, 2010
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Attendance Policies - One Size Does Not Fit All'' - Youngstown - May 18, 2010
  • Lorain County Take Five Breakfast Series - ''Wage & Hour Pitfalls'' - Elyria - March 30, 2010
  • Western Reserve Chapter of SHRM - ''Evaluating the Independent Contractor/Employee Relationship'' - Youngstown - March 23, 2010
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Avoiding Common Wage and Hour Pitfalls'' - Youngstown - March 23, 2010
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Employee Discipline – A Necessary Evil'' - Youngstown - February 23, 2010
  • Lorain County 912 Project - ''Legislative Update'' - Elyria - January 16, 2010
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Retaliation Claims -- The Cover-Up is Always Worse Than the Crime'' - Youngstown - December 03, 2009
  • Federal Bar Association - ''FLSA Collective Actions'' - Cleveland - December 01, 2009
  • Cleveland SHRM - ''Status of Selected Labor & Employment Legislation/ Regulations in 2009'' - Cleveland - November 20, 2009
  • Lorain County Take Five Breakfast Series - ''Reductions in Force'' - Elyria - November 17, 2009
  • Ashtabula SHRM - ''Avoiding ULP’s in Union and Non-Union Environments'' - Ashtabula - November 11, 2009
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Documenting Workplace Investigations'' - Youngstown - November 05, 2009
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Managing Lifestyle/Expression in the Workplace: Tattoos, Earrings, Sexual Orientation'' - Youngstown - October 28, 2009
  • Lorain County Take Five Breakfast Series - ''Employee Disloyalty'' - Elyria - October 27, 2009
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Avoiding Unfair Labor Practices'' - Youngstown - October 22, 2009
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Avoiding Unfair Labor Practices'' - Youngstown - September 22, 2009
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''“FLSA Collective Actions'' - Cleveland - August 13, 2009
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Attendance Policies – One Size Does Not Fit All'' - Youngstown - July 09, 2009
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Religious Discrimination and Accommodation'' - Youngstown - May 28, 2009
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Avoiding Legal Traps in Workforce Reductions'' - Youngstown - April 21, 2009
  • Ohio State Bar Association - ''Identifying, Prosecuting and Defending Section 16(b) Collective Actions'' - Columbus - April 17, 2009
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce - ''Employee Discipline – A Necessary Evil'' - Youngstown - March 25, 2009

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April 2012 - ACC Docket - "Marginalization Of The Use Of Background Checks For Employment Purposes"
December 07, 2009 - Crain's Cleveland Business - "Inattention to Payroll Opens Firms to Claims of Fair Labor Act Violation"

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