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.

Gittes Law Group Weekly Weekly

Topic of the Week

Leading Change

For most of us, change at work is tough. This week: three Do's and one Don't for making a change that will be more successful.

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Blog of the Week

New Survey Shows Sexual Harassment a Pervasive Problem for Flight Attendants

The time when flight attendants were objectified in airline marketing and people joked about ‘coffee, tea, or me’ needs to be permanently grounded. #TimesUp for the industry to put an end to its sexist past.

Thought for the Week

"The people who need to learn stuff in order to run their farm, or run their business or run their life, learn it — no matter how old they are."

–Ashton Applewhite, anti-ageism activist.

List of the Week

from Workplace Fairness

Top searches on workplace rights for women this week: 

  • Sex/Gender Discrimination
  • Proving Discrimination 
  • Sexual Harassment - Legal Standards 

Top Five News Headlines

  1. What Makes Retail Workers Uniquely Vulnerable to Sexual Harassment
  2. A New View of Antitrust Law That Favors Workers
  3. Healthcare, freelanced: Where will gig economy workers get coverage?
  4. Wells Fargo owes $97 million to California workers
  5. Get Your Mom a Flexible Workplace and Paid Leave for Mother's Day