State Representative Nickie J. Antonio recently gave sponsor testimony on House Bill 335, the Equal Housing Equal Employment Act, in the House Commerce and Labor Committee. The EHEA is about fairness and equality. State law currently prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, ancestry, military status and disability. The bill merely expands existing Ohio Civil Rights Laws so that they apply to discriminatory practices on the basis of “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.” In Ohio, people can lose their jobs or be denied housing, solely because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“I believe that every person deserves these fundamental protections in order to fully participate in our society free from fear, harassment and discrimination. We have the opportunity to make this a reality with HB 335. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue. This is an issue of fairness and equity and a bright future for the people of Ohio, all the people of Ohio,” said Rep. Antonio.