State Senator Michael Skindell (D- Lakewood) has reintroduced legislation to expand Ohio Civil Rights Law to extend employment and housing protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to the covered areas currently identified as unlawful discriminatory practices. 

Ohio is currently one of 28 states that do not provide housing and workplace protections for sexual orientation or gender identity or expression in a clear, consistent manner. 14 Ohio cities have passed non-discrimination ordinances, and 80 of the top 98 employers in Ohio have policies that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. Senate Bill 318 would extend these protections to every person who lives and works in Ohio.

“As we work to grow our economy and lower unemployment, we must not allow discrimination of any form to occur,” said Senator Skindell. “Qualified and competent employees can currently lose their jobs due only to their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Ohio should attract and retain the most talented workers regardless of these characteristics. This legislation will also provide equity and fairness in the housing market.”

 
 
 
  
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