Ohio law firm launches site devoted to GCI layoffs

(Updated.) Minnillo & Jenkins of Cincinnati almost certainly started the website — GannettLayoffs.com — to gather new clients. Although the firm says it specializes in personal bankruptcies, the new site highlights the rights of laid-off employees under state and federal law.

“Signing a release, separation agreement, severance agreement or similar document may waive these rights and bar you from enforcing your legal rights, so it is important to understand the rights you may be waiving,” the firm says on GannettLayoffs.com.

Minnillo & Jenkins is at least the second law firm that has shown particular interest in Gannett and labor law, including possible violations of wage and hour regulations. Note: I’m not endorsing either firms’ work.

Attorney: Cincy laid off my wife
After this post went up, several readers accused me of promoting a law firm trying to make money off the misery of Gannett employees. Now, an attorney at the firm, Erik Laursen, has jumped in.

“My wife was just laid off by The Cincinnati Enquirer,” he writes, in a comment. “I also worked as a journalist before becoming a lawyer. As my wife asked me questions about her severance, I thought that she can’t be the only person with questions. This is why, after careful consideration, we chose to focus some of our efforts toward Gannett employees.”

Ethics 101 — Commercial interests
There’s an interesting debate in this post’s comments section, over the ethics of my posting anything about law firms soliciting business from unhappy current and former employees. Join in; you’ll be glad you did!

Please post your replies in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, write gannettblog[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

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