February 15, 2008
New legislation: "military status" as protected class
Matthew D. Miko, chief legal counsel for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, will be the guest speaker for the February 20 Government Agencies committee meeting, noon at the Columbus Bar offices. Mr. Miko will be discussing the new civil rights legislation that added military status as a protected class.
The legislature recently passed legislation that added “military status” as a protected class to the employment and other anti-discrimination provisions of the Ohio Civil Rights Act, as well as to provide an enforcement perspective from the viewpoint of the commission. Mr. Miko will also address best practices for employers, how to avoid hidden pitfalls in the workplace, and anticipating the most common compliance issues.
As chief legal counsel for the commission, Mr. Miko is responsible for directing all of the agency’s legal activities, including advising the executive director and commissioners on all legal matters and directing the agency’s defense in multiple areas of litigation. Prior to joining the commission, Miko held the positions of assistant state solicitor, Major Appeals Group; and assistant attorney general, Civil Rights Section with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Join us for an informative discussion. Box lunches are available for purchase on a first come, first served basis.