The Gittes Law Group

Columbus, Ohio Employment Attorneys

723 Oak Street
Columbus, OH 43205
Fax: (614) 221-9655

(614) 222-4735

Jeffrey P. Vardaro, Associate

Jeffrey P. Vardaro has been with the Gittes Law Group since 2007. During his time with the firm, Jeff has represented employees in state and federal discrimination, retaliation, and harassment cases, as well as plaintiffs in police misconduct and federal business discrimination cases. His work includes major federal litigation, such as Abdi v. Karnes, where he helped achieve a 2008 court decision in favor of the mother of a mentally ill teenager who was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies. That decision created new precedent enhancing the civil rights of the mentally ill, and it quickly resulted in a settlement guaranteeing that deputies in the Franklin County Sheriff's Office would receive proper training in dealing with mentally ill individuals in crisis situations. More recently, in December 2009, he successfully argued before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio that county agencies can be held liable for damages when they fail to meet their obligations under federal law to process applications for Medicaid in a timely manner.

Jeff has also played a critical role in lower-profile, non-litigation situations, such as advocating on behalf of a medical student with disabilities so that he could continue on the path to becoming a doctor, helping two local student-athletes to continue striving for a chance at college after fleeing gang violence in their former high school, and successfully representing the president of a statewide union in arbitration when the union refused to pay his contractually required severance.

Jeff came to Columbus in 2006, following a clerkship with Justice Denise Johnson of the Vermont Supreme Court. In 2005, he received his law degree from the Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), where he was Submissions Editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and completed internships with the non-profit Education Law Center in Philadelphia and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Boston. Jeff received his bachelor's degree in political science in 2002 from Dartmouth College (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). Jeff is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, and is admitted to practice in Ohio, New York, and Massachusetts.

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Topic of the Week

Are you a victim of pay discrimination?

The law looks to many factors when determining whether or not pay/compensation discrimination has occurred. Each of these factors is summarized in categories below.

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Blog of the Week

Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Could Spell a Fresh Hell for Workers’ Rights

Workers and labor unions should be particularly concerned about Judge Kavanaugh’s history of siding with businesses against workers and for pushing a deregulatory agenda.

Thought for the Week

"The majority undoes bargains reached all over the country. … It does so with no real clue of what will happen next—of how its action will alter public-sector labor relations. It does so even though the government services affected—policing, firefighting, teaching, transportation, sanitation (and more)—affect the quality of life of tens of millions of Americans."

–Elena Kagan, dissenting in Janus v. AFSCME

List of the Week

from Workplace Fairness

Top Five Retaliation Search This Week

Retaliation for: 

  • Public Employees
  • Political Activity
  • Workers Compensation
  • Discrimination Claims
  • Unions

Top Five News Headlines

  1. Why the tax overhaul could lead to lower settlements for sexual harassment victims
  2. Why the tax overhaul could lead to lower settlements for sexual harassment victims
  3. Most People Are Supportive of #MeToo. But Will Workplaces Actually Change?
  4. Regulators Investigate Fast-Food Chains' Limits On Worker Recruitment
  5. Low pay for child care workers puts more than half at poverty level, study finds