Employee Discipline: Ohio
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Andrew M. Szilagyi, Frantz Ward LLP
- Ohio is an employment-at-will state, with certain exceptions. See Employment at Will.
- Ohio's employment discrimination laws track the protections afforded by federal employment discrimination laws. See Discrimination Laws.
- In Ohio, whistleblowers are protected against retaliation in the workplace only when certain conditions are satisfied. See Whistleblower Protections.
- Ohio imposes specific restrictions on making employment-related decisions based upon an individual's illegal use of a controlled substance. See Controlled Substance Abuse.
- Ohio has enacted a medical marijuana law. See Medical Marijuana.
- Ohio does not generally prohibit an employer from making employment-related decisions based upon an employee's criminal history. See Criminal History.
- Ohio generally prohibits the interception of wire, oral or electronic communications, except under limited circumstances. See Workplace Surveillance.
- Ohio does not generally restrict employment-related decisions based upon an employee's off-duty conduct, so long as the conduct is not protected under state or federal law. See Off-Duty Conduct.
- Akron and Columbus have requirements pertaining to employee discipline. See Local Requirements.