Ohio Reforms Employment Discrimination Statute


Ohio Reforms Employment Discrimination Statute

After 25 years of discussion between Ohio lawmakers, employers, and employee-rights advocates, Ohio has passed significant reforms to its employment discrimination statute  R.C. Chapter 4112. These new laws will go into effect on April 15, 2021, and here are some of the biggest changes for employers.

  • Before filing a lawsuit under Chapter 4112, employees are required to first file a charge with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC). Employees have two years to file
  • The period of time an employee has to file a Chapter 4112 suit has been reduced from 6 years. It is now typically two years but potentially tolled while claims are being considered by the OCRC.
  • Court claims under Chapter 4112 are now considered tort actions, and damage caps are now placed on all damages, both punitive and compensatory.
  • Managers and supervisors may not be sued for actions taking during the scope of employment unless they are the employer themselves, such as a sole proprietor.
  • Potential remedies for age discrimination have been simplified.
  • Employers are no longer liable for hostile work environment claims if they exercised reasonable care  to prevent or correct the problem, and the employee did not take advantage of the correction