Ohio’s civil rights code bans discrimination based on race, color, sex, disability, age, religion or national origin. Those protections do not apply to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) communities.
Many states, including Ohio, do not protect LGBT people from discrimination in housing, employment, or public accommodations. Engel & Martin is on the leading edge of protecting the rights of members of the LGTBQ communities. Managing Partner Joshua Engel submitted testimony in support of legislation in Ohio to protect the rights of the LGTBQ community. This legislation would support the rights of ALL citizens to employment and housing without discrimination
Engel & Martin obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of a transgender student in an important due process case against The Ohio State University. One observer described the Court’s opinion as “very powerful.”
Engel & Martin also filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of on behalf of parents of transgender teenagers who have been denied or are seeking name changes.The lawsuit alleged that the Warren County Juvenile Court judge violated the equal protection rights of transgender teenagers when he denied the requests for the teenagers to change their names to conform with their gender identity. The lawsuit alleged that the judge has a pattern and practice treating transgender teenagers differently than others who seek a name change and of ignoring evidence with doctors and other experts that the name change is critical to mitigate depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideations/attempts by transgender teenagers.
The attorneys at Engel & Martin recognize the unique legal issues that members of the LGTBQ communities face. Among the areas that Engel & Martin attorneys can assist LGBT clients with include various estate planning, real estate, and business issues, as well as matters affecting LGBT families specifically. When challenges arise, our strong commitment to civil rights and unmatched experience can also help assure that LGBTQ families facing issues of marriage, divorces, separations, establishing and modifying parenting plans, establishing child support, name changes, and petitioning for a step-parent or second-parent adoption.
Engel & Martin can be reached at 513-445-9600 or by email. New clients facing urgent issues should use the “Rapid Response” page to receive expedited attention.