Tonya BlosserBraun

Partner

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Tonya Braun has more than 15 years of experience representing and counseling management clients in a wide range of labor and employment matters. Among other issues, her practice includes those arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, National Labor Relations Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and WARN Act, as well as other federal and state employment-related laws and workplace considerations regarding privacy and the use of social media. Representative clients include Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, IBM, Kraft Heinz, and Verizon.

Tonya has extensive experience defending employers in class and collective wage and hour litigation and counseling employers regarding wage and hour compliance. She also routinely represents employers in state and federal employment discrimination and wrongful discharge litigation. Tonya's practice further includes representing employers in large-scale investigations conducted by administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and in charges of discrimination filed with state and federal agencies. Tonya's traditional labor experience includes representing clients before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in representation hearings and unfair labor practice charges. She also represents employers throughout the arbitration process, including post-hearing briefs. In addition, she has advised clients in response to union organizing campaigns and decertification petitions.

Tonya sits on the board of the Central Ohio Chapter of The First Tee, an organization devoted to making a difference in the lives of young people with educational programs that build character and instill life enhancing values through the game of golf.

Experience

  • Verizon California defeats class certification in California wage and hour class actionJones Day represented Verizon California in a wage and hour class action in which the plaintiff alleged that he was misclassified as exempt from California overtime requirements and sought to certify a class of Verizon California's first level FiOS supervisors on the basis of his California Labor Code and California Business & Professional Code claims under Fed. R. Civ. P. 23.
  • Alderwoods defeats class certification in collective action brought under FLSA in PennsylvaniaOn September 9, 2011, Judge Joy Flowers Conti granted Alderwoods Group, Inc.'s motion to decertify a collective action brought under Section 216(b) of the Fair Labor Standards Act in Prise, et al. v. Alderwoods Group, Inc.
  • AstraZeneca obtains dismissal in class action alleging misclassificationJones Day earned a quick victory for AstraZeneca in Shatto v. AstraZeneca, in which Plaintiff alleged that he and other pharmaceutical sales representatives nationwide were misclassified as exempt from the FLSA's overtime pay requirements.
  • Catholic Healthcare reaches settlement in wage and hour lawsuit in Northern District of OhioJones Day represented Catholic Healthcare Partners, five affiliated Ohio regional entities, and numerous healthcare facilities within those regions in a lawsuit in the Northern District of Ohio.
  • Continental Tire defends against 301 action alleging unilateral change of benefitsJones Day represented Continental Tire North America, Inc. in a 301 action alleging unilateral change of benefits by Company without bargaining with union.
  • ProMedica seeks consultation regarding NLRB's finding of discriminationJones Day represented and advised ProMedica Health Systems (Toledo, OH) regarding whether the NLRB reasonably concluded that ProMedica discriminatorily enforced its rule against solicitation in patient care area and in an NLRB election where ONA sought representation of the systems home health employees.
  • Continental Tire defends against 301 action in Northern District of OhioJones Day represented Continental Tire in a 301 action alleging unilateral change of benefits by Company without bargaining with union.
  • Kentucky Nurses Association defends against arbitration appeal involving unfair labor practice and collective bargaining issuesJones Day represented Kentucky Nurses Association, et al., subsidiaries of Appalachian Regional Health Systems, in an arbitration appeal, unfair labor practice, and collective bargaining National Labor Relations Act issues.
  • Continental Tire prevails on summary judgment in ERISA actionJones Day represented Continental Tire North America, Inc. in an ERISA action brought by the plaintiff alleging violations of severance entitlement and denial of benefits following plant closing.
  • PetSmart prevails against petitions filed by the UFCWJones Day represented PetSmart, Inc. (Phoenix, AZ) against the UFCW.
  • Additional Publications

    • September 2009
      Don't Win The Battle But Lose The War - A Practical Guide To Reducing Labor Costs Legally, 2009 Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Employment Law Institute West
    • September 2008
      How to Handle a Reduction in Force and Comply with the WARN Act, coauthor, 2008 Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Employment Law Institute West

    Speaking Engagements

    • December 7, 2017
      Considerations for New Technology in the Workplace, JD CLE Academy
    • January 31, 2017
      Drafting and Responding to Discovery Requests in Employment Litigation
    • December 6, 2016
      Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law
    • December 8, 2015
      The NLRB's Agenda Leading Up To The 2016 Elections
    • May 14-15, 2015
      2015 Health Care Labor & Employment Symposium
    • February 19, 2015
      Key Health Law Issues for Non-Healthcare Lawyers, Live CLE, Ohio State Bar Association
    • February 11, 2015
      Key Health Law Issues for Non-Healthcare Lawyers, Ohio State Bar Association (Webcast)
    • December 9, 2014
      Key Health Law Issues for Non-Healthcare Lawyers, Jones Day CLE Academy
    • May 9, 2014
      Other Labor & Employment Issues of Interest to Healthcare Providers, Ohio Hospital Association Spring Conference
    • November 13, 2013
      The U.S. Department of Labor's New Agenda, Ohio Chamber of Commerce Stanley Weiner
    • May 23, 2013
      Ohio Hospital Association Spring Labor Conference
    • December 4, 2012
      Emerging Privacy & Data Security Issues, Jones Day Columbus CLE University
    • December 9, 2010
      Hot Topics In Wage and Hour Litigation, Jones Day CLE University
    • May 7, 2010
      Workplace Technology and Privacy, Ohio Hospital Association Spring Labor and Employment Conference
    • November 17, 2009
      Wellness Initiatives In The Workplace, New Disability Standards, and Related FMLA Issues, Ohio Hospital Association Fall Labor and Employment Conference
    • June 21, 2006,
      Avoiding The FMLA's Land Mines In Ohio: Top Ten FMLA Traps And How To Avoid Them, Lorman Education Services
    • October 26, 2005
      Workplace Technology and Privacy: Regulating Employee Conduct In A Brave New World: Jones Day Columbus Quarterly Executive Session
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