Anti-discrimination

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, July 9: 

Cuyahoga County Introduces Anti-Discrimination Legislation

Jun 13, 2018
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MATT RICHMOND / WCPN

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish has introduced legislation to broaden the county’s anti-discrimination code to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The legislation has been on the county executive’s agenda for years.

The Ohio House passed similar legislation when Budish was speaker in 2009. But the measure didn’t make it past the Senate.

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JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The bill to protect LGBTQ people from housing and employment discrimination is expected to take a big step as a committee prepares to hear from a major supporter, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. The bill also seems to be getting support from the top House leader.

For the first time in nearly 10 years, the bill to protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity will get a second hearing.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A Democratic  bill that would protect LGBTQ Ohioans from employment and housing discrimination has been floating around the Statehouse for more than 10 years, and has gonenowhere. Its backer weighed in on whether she thinks it's time to go to the ballot.

Democratic Rep. Nickie Antonio says adding the protections will make Ohio more attractive to people and businesses looking to move.

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JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A bill that would ban discrimination in housing or employment based on sexual gender or identity has been introduced in the legislature. 

Democratic Rep. Nickie Antonio says this legislation is not new.

“A version of this bill has been introduced in the general assembly in the state of Ohio, since 2009.”

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TIM RUDELL / WKSU

Akron could soon have an anti-discrimination law and civil rights commission.   

Mayor Dan Horrican and City Councilman Rick Swirsky introduced an ordinance, which would ban discrimination and establish the commission.

Assistant Law Director Ellen Lander-Nischt says the legislation augments federal and state anti-discrimination protections. It specifies coverage for gender -identity, national origin and other non-traditional discrimination cases.  And it makes it easier to seek a hearing of grievances.