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Governor John Kasich Signs Anti-Discrimination Executive Order

On December 19, 2018, Governor John Kasich issued Executive Order 2018-12K taking a significant step in ensuring that all Ohioans, including LGBTQ Ohioans, are protected from discrimination in state employment. This executive order explicitly prohibits discrimination in state employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and other protected bases such as race, color, religion, age, and disability.

Executive Order 2018-12K builds upon a prior executive order from Governor Kasich which only protected lesbian, gay, and bisexual state employees. Executive Order 2018-12K also restores the protections afforded by Governor Ted Strickland prior to Governor Kasich taking office in 2011.

Authors: Matthew John Markling, Patrick Vrobel, and John T. Sulik, Jr.

Note: This blog entry does not constitute – nor does it contain – legal advice. Legal jurisprudence is like the always changing Midwestern weather. As a result, this single blog entry cannot substitute for consultation with a McGown & Markling attorney. If legal advice is needed with respect to a specific factual situation, please feel free to contact a McGown & Markling attorney.

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