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Business owners and executives in Ohio know and understand the importance of providing a workplace environment that is free of discrimination and harassment. Not only is doing this one way of complying with the law, but it may also contribute to the development of a culture in which employees can be more productive. At the same time, it is important to have laws in place to address incidents in which discrimination or harassment may have occurred.

Some people in Ohio believe that the state’s anti-discrimination law needs an overhaul and it may even be a deterrent to some businesses in its current form. As reported by, a new bill has recently been introduced into the state legislature that aims to bring many elements of the current law more in line with corresponding federal laws and with similar laws in other states.

One of the changes the bill recommends is reducing the statute of limitations on harassment claims from six years to two. Along with this, the bill proposes a system that would help provide more efficient handling of harassment allegations. One step in the process would be the requirement to file a claim with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission prior to commencing any legal action. 

Other changes put forth by the bill is the removal of personal liability of any manager or supervisor for discriminatory actions and the institution of consistent processes for discrimination claims regardless of the protected class. Currently, age discrimination claims follow a different process than those based on other factors.