Ohio may soon join other states in outlawing sexual orientation discrimination by private employers. It already bans such discrimination in government employment. Plus, a number of local ordinances already offer protection in some cities and towns.
It may be time for employers to rethink their employment discrimination policies and include sexual orientation. One good first step is to include anti-gay discrimination training in your regular anti-discrimination program.
Local ordinances, federal proposals
Local ordinances apply to relatively few employers and provide limited remedies to wronged employees. Still, employers don’t need litigation and damaging negative publicity. Thus, it is cost effective and beneficial to train managers and supervisors on anti-gay bias. (See box below for examples of Ohio’s local anti-discrimination ordinances.)
In November, the U.S. House passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act,...(register to read more)