A revised Ohio Equal Employment poster now includes “military status” in a list of protected classes as a result of a new law that went into effect on March 24, 2008.

The mandatory Ohio labor law poster, issued by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, has been completely revised. Wording in the title of the poster has been changed from “Fair Employment” to “Equal Employment Opportunity”.

Included in the changes for the revised Ohio Equal Employment poster are new “Harassment” and “Retaliation” sections. In a new “Enforcement” section, a time limit has been added for filing complaints (within six months).

The protected class of “sex” has been changed to “sex and pregnancy” on the poster, while the protected class of “age” now includes the criteria “40 years of age or older”.

In addition, educational institutions are now included as being subject to the Ohio Civil Rights Act. The previous Ohio labor law poster referred to the Ohio Fair Employment Practices Law.

Other changes on the poster include an expansion of the areas of employment in which discrimination is prohibited and new information about prohibited forms of employment discrimination.

A map showing the location of Ohio Civil Rights Commission regional offices and a list of their addresses and phone numbers have been eliminated from the revised labor law poster.