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Northeast Ohio senators introduce anti-discrimination bill
Bill adds sexual orientation, gender identity to list of prohibited workplace biases
by WKSU's AMY COOKNICK


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Amy Cooknick
 
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Legislation introduced Friday in the Ohio Senate aims to expand Ohio’s workplace discrimination laws.

The Equal Housing and Employment Act adds sexual orientation and gender identity to existing law, which prohibits discrimination based on age, race, religion and disability.

The bill’s sponsors include State Sens. Frank LaRose of Akron, a Republican, and Democrat Michael Skindell of Lakewood. Republican Ross McGregor of Springfield and Democrat Nickie Antonio of Lakewood are sponsoring the companion bill in the Ohio House.

To date, 21 states and the District of Columbia have enacted similar laws. The Ohio bill contains an exemption for religious organizations, and businesses with fewer than 15 employees.

In a recent poll, 79 percent of Ohio voters supported equal rights regardless of sexual orientation.

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