HB 2 - BILL SUMMARY
Revises the definition of employer for purposes of the Ohio Civil Rights Law by excluding any person acting directly or indirectly in an employer's interest and adding an agent of an employer.
Creates a separate procedure for charges filed with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) that allege an unlawful discriminatory practice relating to employment.
Requires, except in specified circumstances, claimants to obtain a notice of right to sue from the OCRC before filing a lawsuit that alleges an unlawful discriminatory practice relating to employment.
Changes the time in which lawsuits related to employment discrimination can be brought under Ohio law to two years from six years generally.
Requires that lawsuits related to employment discrimination brought under federal law be brought within two years, which appears to be no change when compared to current law.
Prescribes, for employers, an affirmative defense to vicarious liability resulting from alleged sexual harassment of an employee by the employee's supervisor.
Reduces the number of age discrimination lawsuits available under the Ohio Civil Rights Law.
Adds lawsuits related to employment discrimination to the definition of a "tort action" in the Trial Procedure Law, which appears to be current law.
Legislative Service Commission -2- Sub. H.B. 2 As Reported by H. Economic Dev't, Commerce, & Labor
Specifies that the remedies for unlawful discriminatory practice in employment set in the Ohio Civil Rights Law are the sole remedies for an aggrieved person subject to the Law.