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What is (and isn't) sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is a type of discrimination that is sadly commonplace in many Ohio workplaces. You must know that not all ill-treatment constitutes sexual harassment. Any unwelcome comments or conduct related to your gender, sexual orientation or sex, in general, may be considered as sexual harassment, however.

What employers need to know about lie detector tests

Someone has been stealing from your company. Maybe it's the office or break room supplies or maybe something more expensive, like laptops. Perhaps someone has been embezzling money or disclosing trade secrets. Before you call in law enforcement, you'd like to get to the bottom of it yourself. Can you require your employees to submit to a lie detector test (also known as a polygraph test)?

Defending employers against lack of reasonable accommodation

For many decades, employment laws in the nation had a tight focus on protecting the rights of workers. While addressing these rights is undeniably an important task for lawmakers, some employers feel as if their own rights have fallen by the wayside. A particularly troubling area for Cincinnati employers is making certain they provide reasonable accommodations for any disabled workers on their staff.

Members of Congress seek to make the CROWN Act federal law

Laws aimed at preventing workplace discrimination based on hairstyle or hair texture are becoming more common across the country. New York, California and, most recently, New Jersey, have enacted versions of what's known as the CROWN Act. It stands for "Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair." Cincinnati is one of the localities with such an ordinance.

What Ohio employers need to know about medical marijuana use

It's legal for people to use "medical marijuana" in Ohio as long as they participate in the state medical marijuana program and have a valid prescription card. However, does that mean that employers can't terminate people or decline to hire them if they test positive for the drug?

Cleveland fire captains allege discrimination, retaliation

Employers can make discrimination complaints by employees worse by penalizing those employees. That's what Cleveland's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) commissioner is accused of doing according to a lawsuit filed by five EMS captains. The captains, all of whom are African American, are also suing the city for discrimination and retaliation.

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