Support Ohio Fairness Act HB 369
Monday, October 21, 2019
Posted by: Karen Hardin
OHIO PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT
On Wednesday, October 16th Representative Michael Skindell (D-13) and Representative Brett Hillyer (R-98) introduced the Ohio Fairness Act into the Ohio House as H.B. 369. (This is a companion bill to SB11, which has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Nickie Antonio D-23) OPA is asking our members to contact your State Representative to support and “vote yes” on HB369. (https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislators/house-directory).
The Ohio Fairness Act expands the list of protected classes throughout the Revised Code to include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. In doing so, this legislation would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals from discrimination in several areas:
- Credit, and
- Public Accommodations
This would provide protection for LGBTQ individuals from employment discrimination, unwarranted terminations, and discrimination in housing and rentals, credit extension, admissions to schools, grades and the awarding of financial aid. Can you imagine losing your job or being denied admission to a school because of who you are, or not being able to get credit or housing because of who you love? While this may not affect you, the recognition of these basic human rights the majority of us already enjoy is essential for those affected and can affect us all. It does impact many clients of OPA members. In addition to the humanitarian issues, Ohio’s lack of protection for these citizens is an obstacle for economic development. First, it leads to an underutilization of our workforce and second a loss in economic investment for companies looking to expand. This is why this legislation is supported by: Ohio Businesses such as Honda and the Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati and Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
OPA fully supports the Fairness Act. We believe it is the right thing to do and that its passage is overdue. Please contact your legislator and ask them to House Bill 369.
OPA Advocacy Committee
Brad K. Potts, PhD, Chair