Ohio’s fair employment practices statute, R.C. §4112.01 et seq., is complicated to navigate and can result in claims from employees who have not been on an employer’s roster for years. In addition, it can lead to employers being forced to defend claims on two fronts: before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and in court. Senator William Coley (R-Middletown), however, has sponsored a bill intended to fix the statute’s most significant pitfalls and, in the process, make Ohio a more enticing location for relocating businesses.
In particular, Coley seeks passage of Senate Bill 383, which would amend the Revised Code to implement the following changes to employment discrimination law in Ohio. If passed, S.B. 383 would: