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Ohio may join Maine in outlawing discrimination against LGBT employees

A group of lawmakers in Ohio have introduced a bill, HB 335, that would ban discrimination against LGBT employees. The lawmakers who introduced the bill include a Republican. The Republican party currently controls both houses of the Ohio state legislature. The last time a similar bill was voted on in the Ohio legislature, it died in the Republican controlled state senate.

“Ohio can no longer afford to drive away the talented work force of tomorrow by not enacting this legislation,” said Rep. Ross McGregor, a Republican from Springfield, Ohio. “… By enacting HB 335, we are saying that Ohio is a place where everyone can live and work free of discrimination.”

According to the Human Rights Campaign, Maine, 19 other states, and the District of Columbia outlaw discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation. Maine, 14 other states, and the District of Columbia outlaw discrimination against employees based on their gender identity.