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To promote tolerance, respect and inclusion, the CRC has recommended an Ordinance for consideration by City Council which clarifies that persons may not be treated differently in Worthington because of a protected characteristic.
Under Ohio law, there are protections against discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, military status, national origin, disability, age and ancestry. However, there is no statewide protection for sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Worthington’s Codified Ordinances currently only reference race, color, religion or national origin.
Who is covered?
The proposed ordinance provides protection from discriminated because of a person’s race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, or military status.
How are individuals protected?
The protections extend to housing, employment and public accommodations throughout Worthington. Essentially, persons may not be treated differently or denied services, credit, housing (sale, lease or rental), or employment (hiring, terms or conditions of employment) because of their protected characteristic.
The draft Ordinance and additional information is available here.
Questions or comments for the Community Relations Commission may be emailed to staff liaison, Lori Trego or call 614-854-7171