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When President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, it was hailed as a sweeping new guarantee of workplace rights for individuals with disabilities. Ohio law, however, has long acted to protect employment rights of individuals with handicaps.
While many of the protections of the ADA and Ohio's handicap law are similar, the acts diverge at several points. This means that Ohio employers must be aware of the provisions of both laws in order to comply with all applicable protections for individuals with disabilities in the workplace.
By 1994, ADA will cover all employers with 15 or more employees. The Ohio Civil Rights Act (Ohio Revised Code Section 4112), which provides, among other things, protection from handicap discrimination in the workplace, applies to employers with four or more …