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Can I legally refuse to hire job candidates who don’t share my political beliefs?

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Q. I run a small business and only want to employ people who are like-minded and share my core political values. Is it legal to refuse to hire a job candidate because of his or her political beliefs?

A. For private Ohio employers, the answer is yes. Whether by state or federal law, Ohio employers cannot discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, military status, national origin, disability, age, ancestry or genetic information. This list does not include political beliefs or affiliation—at least for private employers.

Be careful, however, that you are not using politics as a proxy for religion, which would be illegal. It’s one thing not to want to hire anyone who is pro-choice; it’s another to hire only Catholics.

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