Ohio governor’s first acts: Expand anti-discrimination policy, boost fight against opioids
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed six executive orders shortly after midnight Monday, protecting pregnant state employees from discrimination and creating positions to tackle Ohio’s opioid crisis.
DeWine didn’t roll back former Gov. John Kasich’s move to extend discrimination protection to state employees based on gender identity. Instead, he added three new categories for protection against employment discrimination: pregnant women, people with young children and foster parents.
“This is a victory for all of Ohio,” said TransOhio Executive Director James Knapp, before urging Ohio lawmakers to extend protections to private employees, too. “We hope that the Ohio legislature will also see the great significance of protecting transgender employees in private empowerment through passage of the Ohio Fairness Act.”
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