Ohio Religious Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Ohio Religious Discrimination: What you need to know

The Ohio Fair Employment Practices Law prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion by employers with 4 or more employees (OH Rev. Code Sec. 4112.01 et seq.). Under the state law, it is unlawful employment practice to:
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• Discriminate on the basis of religion in hiring, discharge, or other terms and conditions of employment.
• Elicit or attempt to elicit information about the religion of an applicant for employment unless religion is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).
• Make or keep a record of the religion of any applicant for employment unless religion is a BFOQ.
• Use any job application form seeking to elicit information about an applicant's religion.
• Publish an advertisement for employment indicating any religious preference, limitation, or specification.
• Announce or follow a policy that denies or limits employment on the basis of religion.
• Use any employment agency, labor organization, or other employee-referring source known to discriminate against individuals because of their religion.
• Retaliate against any person because that person has made a complaint or assisted in the investigation of a complaint filed under the state law.
• Attempt to commit an unlawful discriminatory act; or to aid, abet, compel, or coerce anyone to commit an unlawful discriminatory practice; or to obstruct or prevent compliance with the law or a commission order.
Exception. Religious institutions or organizations may give preference to persons of the same religion or make such selection as is calculated to promote its religious principles or aims.
Violation of neutral policy. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that it is not religious discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of ...

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