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Ohio law: Bosses personally liable for discrimination

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

Here’s a reminder that should catch the attention of supervisors: While they may not be personally liable for most types of discrimination made illegal under federal law, they are liable under Ohio state law.

If they participated in discrimination, they may be held jointly liable with their employer. That means the employee’s lawyers can go after their personal property to satisfy a jury award.

Recent case: Aubri Fulst sued her employer and direct supervisor over alleged sex discrimination in promotions. She claimed her supervisor favored males, and when she was finally promoted, he wouldn’t give her the same equipment her male co-workers got.

Her supervisor sought to be dismissed as a defendant, but the court let him off the hook only for her federal claims. (Fulst v. Thompson, et al., No. 2:09-CV-725, SD OH, 2009)

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