In April, the Worthington City Council introduced the non-discrimination ordinance that strengthens protections for LGBTQ people based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations.
And the protections will be extended in universities and colleges.
Jack Miner, chair of the CRC, which advises the council on matters related to “fair and equal treatment” for all people, explained the steps to be followed in case of discrimination:
- A voluntary mediation will be offered first
- If mediation is unsuccessful, the city of Worthington will hire an outside counsel to investigate and collect evidence of the discriminatory act.
- And in case of proven discrimination, a city-run hearing will be held that could result in a fine from a maximum of $1,000 for a first-time offender to $5,000 for three guilty offenses in a 5-year period.
For now, there is no non-discrimination law in Ohio. The bill introduced in 2009 had not advanced in the legislatures.
However, know that a new version of the bill with some bipartisan support was discussed in the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee a few months ago.