Ohio: More Business-Friendly Approach Is Likely

November 04, 2010 - by: HR Hero Alerts 0 COMMENTS

by Bradd N. Siegel, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Republicans swept every major statewide race in Ohio, taking back the Governor’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, and the post for chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court from incumbent Democrats. Republicans also claimed the open U.S. Senate seat.

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Ohio Bill Would Expand List of Protected Classes

September 16, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

On Tuesday, September 15, 2009,  the Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes under Chapter 4112, Ohio’s antidiscrimination statute, and R.C. 4111.17, which prohibits wage discrimination. The bill, H.B. 176, was introduced into the Ohio House in May and originally added “gender identity and expression” to the list of protected classes. An amendment to the bill eliminated gender expression as part of the definition of the protected class, narrowing the protection for gender identity to “gender-related identity, appearance, or mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, with or without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth.” The bill defines sexual orientation as “actual or perceived, heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality.”

Interestingly, the bill limits the statutes’ coverage for the two new classes — sexual orientation and gender identity — only to government employers and employers with 15 or more employees (as opposed to the four or more employees required for other protected classes). In addition, the bill provides an exception for “religious association[s], corporation[s], or societ[ies] . . . not organized for private profit, or any institution[s] organized for educational purposes . . . operated, supervised, or controlled by such [religious organizations]” to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression except when the organization is engaged in a secular business activity unrelated to the religious or educational purpose for which it is organized.

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