New state law adds ‘Military status’ to protected classes

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The recently enacted Ohio Veterans Package amends the Ohio Civil Rights Act to bar discrimination based on “military status.”

As a result, Ohio employers now face new legal requirements on both the state and federal fronts for how they treat military employees and their families.

Several layers of protection

Employees serving in the National Guard and armed forces reserves already enjoy a number of protections under the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). That far-reaching law requires employers to hold jobs open for returning military personnel, with specific time frames based on the length of their employment.

The amendments to the Ohio Civil Rights Act, as well as to the federal FMLA, provide additional rights to service members and their families.

More questions than answers

Until the Ohio Civil Rights Commission issues regulations on the new amendments—or court...(register to read more)

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