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Labor and Employment Alert: End of an era? Senate Bill 383 seeks to clarify Ohio’s fair employment practices statute

For decades, Ohio appellate courts, Ohio’s General Assembly, employment law practitioners, employers, and employees have struggled with Ohio’s fair employment practices statute, R.C.§4112.01, et seq. Ohio courts have developed law to resolve issues not addressed by the language of the statute, and to ameliorate some of the harshest pitfalls presented to aggrieved employees, only to reverse that law at some later point. The Ohio General Assembly has attempted to clarify certain provisions in the statute only to create more questions or be struck down by the Ohio Supreme Court. Employment law attorneys have become well-versed in the twists and turns of R.C. Chapter 4112 and have devised alternate pleadings and defenses in an effort to cover all bases. Employers have watched their potential liabilities and legal costs expand over the years as employees pursue claims through administrative procedures and under both state and federal law. 

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End of an era? Senate Bill 383 seeks to fix Ohio’s fair employment practices statute

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:

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