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Employment Q&A: Ohio Voting Leave Law

10/18/2016 | Category: Employment Law-Q & A

- May an employer discharge or threaten to discharge an employee for taking reasonable time to vote on election-day?

 - No, pursuant to Ohio Rev. Code §3599.06, “[n]o employer, his officer or agent, shall discharge or threaten to discharge an elector for taking a reasonable amount of time to vote on election day.”  Also, employers cannot attempt to force or coerce an employee to vote a certain way or “require or order an elector to accompany him to a voting place upon such day; or refuse to permit such elector to serve as an election official on any registration or election day; or indirectly use any force or restraint or threaten to inflict any injury, harm, or loss; or in any other manner practice intimidation in order to induce or compel such person to vote or refrain from voting for or against any person or question or issue submitted to the voters.”

Violation of this law is subject to a fine.   Also, terminating an employee based on these issues could lead to liability for wrongful termination in violation of public policy.

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