Favorable Employment Discrimination Bill Gets First Hearing


House Bill 2, recently introduced by Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), proposes to comprehensively overhaul Ohio’s employment discrimination statutes in a manner that would benefit employers and bring Ohio’s laws more in line with federal discrimination laws while continuing to provide individuals avenues to assert state law discrimination violations. In sponsor testimony Rep. Seitz said, “Ohio is currently at a competitive disadvantage with employment discrimination laws which are substantially dissimilar to their counterparts at the federal level. Drastically differing state and federal laws create an administrative burden for employers and human resource professionals. Shaping Ohio law to mirror federal law will create greater predictability in matters of workplace discrimination for both employers and employees.”  2/16/2017