In general, Ohio law provides that all employees are at-will and can be fired for almost any reason. Employers are not required to give any warnings or notice. But employers cannot fire an employee based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, or national origin. In some locations like the city of Cleveland, Ohio
, employers are also prohibited from firing an employee based on sexual orientation. Employers also are not allowed to fire an at-will employee for reasons that would violate Ohio public policy. Some examples of recognized public policies are:
[*]giving truthful testimony under oath
[*]contacting an attorney to discuss employment rights
[*]refusing to participate in insurance fraud
[*]taking almost any action protected by statute
An at-will employee fired for any of these reasons, may have a case.