COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that a Dayton police officer can’t be sued individually as part of a sex discrimination case.
At issue in the court’s divided ruling were complaints of age and sex discrimination by a female police officer against the department and her supervisor.
The court’s 4-3 decision Thursday said the portion of Ohio law governing employment discrimination places liability on a government entity but not its individual employees.
Justice Judith French, writing for the majority, says the court’s decision relates only to law dealing with discrimination by a government entity and says individual employees can still be sued under different circumstances.
Justice Paul Pfeiffer in a dissent said the supervisor was liable because he was acting in the department’s interest.