What Constitutes Workplace Discrimination?

by Kelly Mulloy Myers, Lawyer Referral Service Panelist

Employees in Ohio are employed at will unless they have a contract of employment such as found in a Collective Bargaining Agreement through a Union. An employer can terminate an employee without just cause or a good reason under the employment at will doctrine.  However, federal and state laws prohibit an employer from taking adverse employment action against an employee because of their age (if they are 40 or older), gender, pregnancy, race, national origin, religion, or disability.  It is also unlawful for an employer to retaliate against an employee who has complained about discrimination.  If you believe you have been discriminated against at work, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options because there are time limitations that govern filing a claim of discrimination.

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