Robert A. Harris

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Offices Columbus
Phone 614.464.8373
Fax 614.719.4751

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Bob is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the firm’s labor and employment and immigration groups.

Bob has experience in a wide range of labor and employment matters, including:  wage and hour class actions; Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); Title VII; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA); the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); wrongful discharge; noncompete and trade secret law; and employment-related torts.  He has litigated cases in state and federal courts, in arbitrations, and before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  Bob regularly assists and advises clients on personnel matters and on development and application of company policies.  He also represents clients in the field of higher education, including defending against Title IX claims and helping devise and implement Title IX policies.

In addition, Bob has substantial experience advising clients in immigration-related matters, preparing permanent and temporary employment-based visas, and advising clients regarding I-9 regulations, policies, and audits.

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Bob has lectured at seminars on a variety of topics, including workplace harassment, labor relations, the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the preparation and maintenance of I-9 forms and policies and handling I‑9 investigations, the Americans With Disabilities Act, labor implications of the Ohio Sales tax exemption for leased employees, developing appropriate policies against sexual and other unlawful harassment, document retention policies, and conducting internal investigations.

Bob received his J.D. with honors from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, where he was a staff member and articles editor of the Ohio State Law Journal and a member of the Order of the Coif. He also received an MBA with honors from The Ohio State University.  He earned his B.A. magna cum laude from Kenyon College.

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