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February 27, 2019
7:00 PM
Worthington Municipal Building - 2nd floor meeting
6550 N. High Street

Worthington, OH 43085
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Public Forum on proposed Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Worthington Community Relations Commission (CRC) is looking for public comment and input on a proposed Non-Discrimination Ordinance.

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