Statement on Ohio House Bill 2

 

In response to the impending House floor vote on Substitute House Bill 2, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 President Becky Williams issues the following the statement:

“The changes made in the substitute version of House Bill 2 do little to alleviate the burdens facing working people who have been wrongly discriminated against in the workplace and will weaken their opportunities for justice.” 

“All employees have the right to work in an environment free from discrimination and harassment based on age, sex, race, disability, military status and religion. However, if an unlawful discriminatory practice occurs, we should be pushing for more paths for workers to hold their employer and, if appropriate, individual supervisors and managers accountable for their actions. Any bill that adds procedural or bureaucratic roadblocks and barriers to an already burdensome process impedes on the rights of all working people and should be considered a harmful invitation for further attacks on protections for the workforce.”

“We proudly stand with the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus and the Ohio NAACP in opposing Substitute House Bill 2 and ask our lawmakers to vote ‘NO’ to protect the rights of working people across the State of Ohio.”

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