Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Ohio
Approximately 212,000 LGBT workers in Ohio are vulnerable to employment discrimination absent state or federal legal protections. At least 13 localities in Ohio prohibit employment discrimination against LGBT people, yet 81 percent of the workforce remains unprotected by local ordinances. A statewide non-discrimination law would result in 100 additional complaints being filed with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission each year. The cost of enforcing the additional complaints would be negligible. At most, it would cost the state approximately $214,500 annually; only 2.8 percent of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission’s annual budget.