What are some of the employee rights guaranteed in Ohio?


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Employees in Ohio are guaranteed workers' compensation insurance, a minimum hourly wage and freedom from on-the-job harassment, according to Lawyers.com. Ohioans classified as "pay period" employees are entitled to be paid at least twice a month, explains the Ohio Department of Commerce.

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As of 2015, the minimum wage in Ohio is $8.10 per hour; employees who receive tips are paid a minimum of $4.05 per hour, states the Ohio Department of Commerce. Ohio employers are not required to provide their employees with any paid or unpaid holidays or vacation, and are not required to compensate employees who are called to serve on juries, notes Lawyers.com. However, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services states that Ohioans who have worked for their employer for a year or more, worked at least 1,250 hours in the last year and work for a company employing 50 or more people are entitled to Family and Medical Leave Act benefits under federal law.

Ohio employees have the right not to be discriminated against for reasons of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability or genetics, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Under federal law, most private employers are not allowed to require employees to take lie detector tests. Ohio is an at-will employment state, and employees can be terminated for any reason not related to discrimination or retaliation, says Lawyers.com.

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