People derisively calling Ohio the rust belt have a lot to learn about the current economic dynamo that the state still is. That’s not even counting the historical significance of Ohio to all industry, looking at you Akron (rubber), Youngstown (Steel), and Jefferson County (Coal). Spanning dense urban areas to more rural environments, Ohio has a diversity of labor that is almost unmatched. The Ohio Civil Rights Act protect applicants and employees of private employers, state, county, and local governments, educational institutions, labor organizations, employment agencies and personnel placement services from unlawful discriminatory employment practices.
The act has an associated workplace poster as per Ohio Revised Code 4112.07 that states “Every person subject…shall place…on his premises a notice to be prepared or approved by the commission.” The poster, governed by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, deals with a handful of issues related to equal employment opportunity including:
- Race and Color
- Ohio Law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or color in hiring, promotion, tenure, discharge, pay, etc…
- National Origin and Ancestry
- In addition to the above, any policy or practice limiting or prohibiting the use of any language in the workplace is a prohibited form of discrimination.
- Military Status
- Service members who are employees who leave to perform military service must be reemployed upon conclusion of such service.
- Sex and Pregnancy
- Women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition must be afforded leave for a reasonable period of times and may not be discharged under a policy providing insufficient or no leave.
- Applicants and employees must be provided with a reasonable accommodation for religious beliefs and practices, except when the accommodation imposes and undue hardship.
The Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) investigates all complaints and is entrusted with making sure all places of employment have this poster placed properly in the workplace.