As we discussed in our Dec. 12 post, state gun laws are one of the major employment law trends we’re watching 2017. What better way to start discussion on this topic than with recent legislation in Ohio.
The Ohio legislature proposed a bill (SB 199) to amend the Ohio Fair Employment Practices Law, which includes standard employee-protected rights such as religion, sex, age, pregnancy, national origin, military status, harassment and disability. The amended law’s Section 4112.02 states it should be unlawful to discriminate against any employee who holds a concealed handgun license and possesses a gun on the employer’s property and parking lots.
Ultimately, the bill would create a protected class for conceal-and-carry employees who possess a gun, thereby increasing the number of above-mentioned employee discrimination types.
Posting and Notice Requirements
Because Ohio law requires an employee rights posting, this amendment may most likely impact the Ohio Know your Rights posting, required for all employers in the state with more than four employees.
We will continue to follow this story and update you as more information is available. Stay tuned to Labor Law News for updates.