Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today introduced two new publications to help employers and landlords navigate Ohio’s fair employment and fair housing laws.
“Ohio’s civil rights laws protect against discrimination on the job and in housing. These guides are designed to be straightforward manuals to help landlords and employers understand their responsibilities under the law and avoid problems,” Attorney General DeWine said.
The Attorney General’s “Fair Employment Guide for Business Owners” offers best practices for interviewing potential applicants, crafting an anti-harassment policy, addressing discrimination or harassment complaints, and responding to requests for accommodations due to disability or religion.
The “Fair Housing Guide for Landlords” provides tips on how to advertise and rent property while avoiding discrimination. It offers suggestions for screening potential applicants, addressing tenants’ requests for accommodations, and recognizing an animal assistant.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Civil Rights Section represents the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. It also conducts free presentations on fair housing and fair employment issues. Organizations that want to request a presentation should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Civil Rights Section at 614-466-7900.