The typical retaliation scenario involves an employer firing an employee who has complained about discrimination or engaged in some other protected activity.
What happens, however, if the employer retaliates after the end of the employment relationship? Do the anti-retaliation laws cover allegations of post-employment misconduct?
The short answer is yes.
What is retaliation?
To understand why, let’s start with the statutes themselves. Ohio’s anti-retaliation provision—O.R.C. § 4112.02(I)—makes it illegal for any person to discriminate in any manner against any other person because he or she:
- Opposed any unlawful discriminatory practice
- Made a charge, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation or proceeding under sections 4112.01 to 4112.07 of the Revised Code.
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