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EEO - Discrimination: Ohio

EEO - Discrimination requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Keith A. Asthmus and Joel R. Hlavaty, Frantz Ward LLP


  • The Ohio Civil Rights Act prohibits employment agencies and labor organizations from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, military status, national origin, disability, age or ancestry. See Discrimination Under the Ohio Civil Rights Act.
  • The Ohio Minimum Fair Wage Standards Act prohibits employers from discriminating in the payment of wages based upon race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or ancestry by paying lower wages for equal work. See Equal Pay.
  • Certain localities and municipalities in Ohio have enacted ordinances prohibiting discrimination on the basis of additional categories, such as sexual orientation, gender identity, family status and other categories. See Discrimination Under Local Ordinances.