SB 383 – Employment Practices Law Revision (2011-2012)
Link to Bill:http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_SB_383
SB 383 revises Ohio’s laws concerning discrimination and harassment in employment, particularly in adding new limits on the options for filing an employment discrimination complaint or lawsuit and the remedies that can be awarded in successful cases.
Primary Sponsors:Sen. Coley (R)
Secondary Sponsors:Sen. Hite (R), Sen. Jordan (R), Sen. Seitz (R)
Committee:Insurance / Commerce / Labor (S)
LSC Legislation Status:http://lsc.state.oh.us/coderev/sen129.nsf/Senate+Bill+Number/0383?OpenDocument
Our take on this bill:
SB 383 strongly curtails the legal protections against employment discrimination that Ohioans enjoy today. Among its provisions are sections that do the following:
- Drastically reduce the time for filing discrimination and harassment lawsuits
- Largely exempt managers and supervisors from being sued individually for illegal discrimination and harassmentent
- Restrict employees seeking relief from discrimination or harassment to choose between the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and the courts
- Create unusually low caps for amounts that can be awarded in successful cases
- Cut off access to many of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission’s findings from completed investigations, unless their findings are in the favor of the employee
These changes amount to increased barriers for employees who find themselves victims of discrimination and harassment, and lower risk for employers who do not follow the law.
Bill substituted on 12/05/2012