Can a gay person be fired for being gay in the state of Ohio?
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Actually it depends on where you live in Ohio. For example, the City of Columbus recognizes sexual orientation as a protected class. But it is correct that you can lose your job on the basis of your sexual orientation outside of the City of Columbus because in the State of Ohio and under federal law, there are no such protections for LGBT orientation.
If you work in the private sector then unless your state protects the status of sexual orientation, then you can be fired for being homosexual. Ohio only protects it's government workers from such discrimination, so any private employer can fire you simply for being gay. However, this may change in the future with the recent Supreme Court ruling, keep an eye out for developments in that area.
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There are currently no federal or Ohio statutes prohibiting discrimination based on sexual preference in the private sector. This may change in the near future, though, with the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding same sex marriage.
However, the State of Ohio protects its workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation (but not gender identity). Additionally, there are a number municipalities that have anti-discrimination ordinances. Some even protect employees from discrimination in employment and housing based on sexual orientation and gender identity.