I’d long known I wanted to serve the labor movement. But when a father walked into my office at the Labor Department in tears because his employer never paid him on time and his son ridiculed his paycheck, there was nothing I could do to help. At that moment, I resolved to become a labor attorney.
Bennett Allen practices labor, employment, employee benefits and civil rights law. He represents labor unions in central and southern Ohio, including the Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council, the Cincinnati Building and Construction Trades Council, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 212, Plumbers & Pipefitters Locals 189 and 392, the International Association of Firefighters Local 3518, and Cement Masons Local 132.
Mr. Allen also serves as local counsel to the United Steelworkers and fund counsel to the Staff Education Association Retirees’ VEBA before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, in arbitrations and in collective bargaining. In addition, he has represented employee plaintiffs in overtime cases against the Department of Justice and Veterans Administration, and has represented the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition against the City of Cincinnati.
Mr. Allen’s practice has brought him before U.S. District Courts, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the Court of Common Pleas, Small Claims Court, Area Courts, the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
A native New Yorker, Mr. Allen began working for the U.S. Department of Labor after earning his bachelor’s degree at Columbia University in 2004. In 2007, he transferred to the Cincinnati District Office. In 2013, Mr. Allen separated from government to attend the University of Cincinnati College of Law. During law school, he clerked for the Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges, as well as the National Labor Relations Board Region 9.
Mr. Allen serves on the board of directors for Adventure Crew, a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect city teens to nature and to each other through outdoor adventures. He also takes every opportunity to encourage law students to pursue a labor and employment practice. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, running and spending time with his family.
Areas of Practice
- Labor & Employment
- Employee benefits
- FLSA / Title V / Title 38
- Title VII
- University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 2016
- Columbia University, B.A., 2004
- State of Ohio, 2016
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2017
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2019
- Co-counsel in Stephanie Mercier et al. v. United States, case no. 1:12-cv-00920-EJD in the United States Court of Federal Claims, brought on behalf of nurses and physicians assistants for unpaid overtime, resulting in the largest settlement against the Veterans Administration in U.S. history.
- Trial attorney in Scott Hahn et al. v. United States, case no. 1:19-cv-00827-MCW in the United States Court of Federal Claims, brought on behalf of special agents and their support staff for unpaid overtime while in Kabul, Afghanistan.
- Trial attorney in Joseph Phillips et al. v. City of Cincinnati, case no. 1:18-cv-00541-TSB in United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, brought on behalf of citizens experiencing homelessness to decriminalize their status.
Professional Honors and Activities
- ABA, Labor & Employment Section
- ABA, Employee Benefits Committee
- AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee / Union Lawyers Alliance
- Adventure Crew, treasurer (2017 – 2019), board member (2016 – present)
- Office of the Public Defender, Volunteer Lawyers Project (pro bono representative 2016 – present)
Presentations, Seminars and Published Works
- “Conduct Most Unbecoming: Handling Harassment Claims and EEOC in the #metoo Era,” Northern Kentucky University Labor-Management Conference (2018, 2019), Working Assembly of Government Employees (2018)
- “How Legalizing Marijuana Impacts the Modern Workplace,” ABA Labor & Employment Section Annual Conference (2019)
- “Benefit Claims – Part 1: Administrative Procedures,” ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits (2020)