Friday, January 14, 2011
Governor John Kasich, who took office on January 10, allowed his predecessor's executive order barring such discrimination to expire.
Neither Ohio nor federal law provides any protection from anyone being fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
But an order signed four years ago by former governor Ted Strickland prohibited such discrimination against all 60,000 state employees in hiring, layoff, termination, transfer, promotion, demotion, rate of compensation and eligibility for training programs.
It also gave state agencies and universities the rationale to expand and update their internal non-discrimination policies, including the ones covering interaction with the public as well as employees.