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Involuntary Terminations: Ohio

Involuntary Terminations requirements for other states

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

Author: Keith A. Asthmus and Michael N. Chesney, Frantz Ward LLP


  • When an employment contract is written for a definite term, Ohio courts permit terminations for just cause under the terms of the contract as well as other types of misconduct. See Termination for Just Cause.
  • Ohio has several statutes prohibiting retaliatory or discriminatory discharge by employers. See Anti-Retaliation and Anti-Discrimination Legislation.
  • Ohio law requires employers that lay off 50 or more employees in a seven-day period to notify the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services at least three days prior to the layoff. See Layoffs, Reductions in Force and Plant Closings.
  • Some Ohio employees may claim constructive discharge in certain situations, but such claims must be tied to other required claims to be valid in the state. See Constructive Discharge Claims.