Jason R. Bristol, Partner

Jason R. Bristol is an advocate for working people. Law and Politics Magazine has described him as a “Super Lawyer” in plaintiffs' employment litigation. Handling class and collective action under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and various state laws, he has recovered millions of dollars in unpaid wages and overtime compensation for workers across the United States. His cases have received coverage in the Wall Street Journal and in broadcasts ranging from America's Workforce Radio to Chicago Public Radio's This American Life. He lectures widely and publishes articles on employment-related issues, and is an Adjunct Professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he teaches courses on the Fair Labor Standards Act and appellate advocacy. In addition to his litigation practice, he routinely serves as a mediator in complex wage and hour disputes. He is active in civic affairs and politics and sits on the boards of various organizations.

Representative Cases

In re RS Legacy Corporation, et al., Case No. 15-10197 (Bankr. D. Del. August 29, 2016) (Lead Class Counsel) Final Approval of $41,000,000 class action settlement resulting in allowed general unsecured claim for 7,500 store managers who alleged illegal use of the Fluctuating Workweek method of computing overtime compensation.

Brodzenski v. StoneMor Partners, L.P., et al. (N.D. Ohio August 26, 2015) (Lead Counsel) $2,328,000 settlement of fully-certified nationwide FLSA collective action for a class of sales counselors who were allegedly forced to report fewer hours than they actually worked.

Roe v. Intellicorp Records, Inc. (N.D. Ohio June 5, 2014) (Class Counsel)  $18,600,000 settlement under the Fair Credit Reporting Act vindicating the rights of consumers who were alleged to have been the victims of erroneous criminal background reports (one of the top FCRA settlements in U.S. history.

Michael Sisson et al. v. RadioShack Corporation No. 14-3186, (6th Cir.); Jamie Wills, et al. v. RadioShack Corporation, No. 13-4661 (2nd Cir.) (Lead Counsel)  Putative nationwide class and collective action on behalf of store managers involving issue of first impression regarding RadioShack’s alleged illegal use of the Fluctuating Workweek method of computing overtime.

Jewell v. Aaron’s, Inc., Case No. 1:12-cv-563 (N.D. Ga.) (Lead Counsel)   $1,300,000 settlement of a conditionally certified nationwide collective action for employees who alleged they were not paid for work performed during automatically deducted meal periods.

Baldwin v. Forever 21, Inc., Case No. 53-160-71-13 (American Arbitration Association) (Lead Counsel)  A $496,500 settlement of a conditionally certified nationwide collective action for retail employees who alleged they were not paid for work performed during unpaid meal periods.

Steele v. SWS, LLC, Case No. 3:11-cv-60 (E.D. Tennessee) (Lead Counsel)  A conditionally certified collective action for employees who alleged they were misclassified as independent contractors and illegally denied overtime compensation.

Jackson v. Maui Sands Resort, No. 1:08-CV-2972 (N.D. Ohio Sept. 10, 2010) (Lead Counsel) Secured a $550,000 judgment against individual corporate officer and affiliated corporations under joint employer doctrine for class of hotel employees who alleged they were not paid wages for their last weeks of employment or for on-duty meal periods in violation of the FLSA.

Murphy v. 1-800-Flowers, Case No. 1:10-cv-2285 (N.D. Ohio) (Lead Counsel) A conditionally certified collective action for employees who alleged they were misclassified as exempt from the FLSA’s overtime requirement and denied overtime compensation.

Dillworth v. Case Farms Processing, Case No. 5:10-cv-1694 (N.D. Ohio) (Lead Counsel) A conditionally certified multi-state collective action for meat processing workers who alleged they were not paid  for time spent donning and doffing uniforms and protective gear.

McNelley v. Aldi, Inc., Case No. 1:09-cv-1868 (N.D. Ohio Nov. 17, 2009) (Lead Counsel)  Obtained conditional certification in nationwide FLSA collective action on behalf of store managers who contend they were misclassified as exempt from overtime compensation.

Warren v. Race, Case No. 1:09-CV-2670 (N.D. Ohio Sept. 3, 2010); Laskoski et al. v. Inkstop, Inc., Case No. 1:09-cv-2285 (N.D. Ohio) (Lead Counsel)  Approving $660,000 settlement of nationwide FLSA collective action against corporate officers and directors on behalf of employees who were unpaid when employer went out of business.

Jackson v. Papa John’s USA, Inc., 2009 WL 385580 (N.D. Ohio Feb. 13, 2009)  (Lead Counsel) Obtained conditional certification in a nationwide FLSA collective action on behalf of store managers who alleged that they were misclassified as exempt from the FLSA’s overtime requirement.

Fincham v. Nestle Prepared Foods Company, Case No. 1:08-cv-0073 (N.D. Ohio) (Lead Counsel)  A conditionally certified collective action for employees who alleged they were not paid for time spent changing into and out of uniforms and protective gear.

West v. AK Steel Corp., 318 F. Supp. 2d 579 (S.D. Ohio 2004), affirmed, 484 F.3d 395 (6th Cir. 2007), cert. denied, 129 S. Ct. 895 (2009) (Class Counsel)  Obtained summary judgment for the plaintiffs in a certified ERISA class action for a class of retirees whose lump sum pension distributions were illegally calculated, resulting in $46 million class judgment for the retirees.

Berger v. Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2007 WL 2902907 (N.D. Ohio Sept. 29, 2007) (Lead Counsel)  A certified class and collective action for a class of Respiratory Therapists and Technicians who allege they were not provided bona fide meal periods in violation of the FLSA and Ohio Minimum Fair Wage Standards Act.

Williams v. Le Chaperon Rouge, 2007 WL 2344738 (N.D. Ohio Aug. 14, 2007) (Lead Counsel)  A conditionally certified class of day-care employees who alleged that they were not paid for all hours worked and were not provided bona fide meal periods in violation of the FLSA and Ohio Minimum Fair Wage Standards Act.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Ohio, 2000
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 2002
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 2001

Professional Associations

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
  • Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

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