Affirmative action laws require an employer to make proactive efforts to represent individuals from certain protected classes in this workplace. Affirmative action requirements are separate and distinct from nondiscrimination laws, which prohibit discriminatory acts against protected persons, but do not mandate proactive steps in their favor. This section is limited to a discussion of affirmative action requirements.
State agencies. The Ohio Department of State Personnel Rules and Regulations requires all state agencies to develop an affirmative action plan to promote equal employment opportunity (OH Admin. Code Ch. 123:1-49-04). The plan must set goals and timetables to correct areas where the agency is deficient in the hiring and promotion of women and minorities.
Construction contracts. Affirmative action plans are required of contractors and subcontractors with 50 or more employees awarded a public works contract of $50,000 or more or where the contract exceeds $500,000 and the contract site is within a designated geographic area, regardless of the number of employees (OH Admin. Code Ch. 123:2-3-01et seq.).
Board of alcohol and drug addiction, and mental health services. Each board of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services, or any agency, corporation, or association under contract with a board of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services, is required to have a written affirmative action program (OH Rev. Code Sec. 340.12).