4167.13 Prohibiting retaliation by employer.

(A) No public employer shall discharge or in any manner discriminate against any public employee because the public employee, in good faith, files any complaint or institutes any proceeding under or related to this chapter, or testifies or is about to testify in any proceeding, or because of the exercise by the public employee, on his own behalf or on the behalf of others, of any right afforded under this chapter.

(B) Any public employee who believes he has been discharged or otherwise discriminated against by any public employer in violation of division (A) of this section may elect any one of the following remedies:

(1) File, within sixty days after the violation occurs, a complaint with the state personnel board of review. The state personnel board of review may restrain violations of division (A) of this section and order all appropriate relief including rehiring or reinstatement of the employee to his former position with back pay and reasonable interest thereon.

(2) Pursue any grievance or appeal procedure provided for an action based upon a violation of division (A) of this section under a collective bargaining agreement entered into pursuant to Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code;

(3) Pursue any grievance or appeal procedure provided for an action based upon a violation of division (A) of this section under a municipal or county charter;

(4) Pursue any grievance or appeal procedure provided for an action based upon a violation of division (A) of this section under section 124.34 of the Revised Code;

(5) Pursue any grievance or appeal procedure provided for an action based upon a violation of division (A) of this section under any other grievance or appeal procedure or any other right or remedy provided by law.

(C) An employee may elect only one of the remedies provided for in divisions (B)(1) to (5) of this section and is barred from asserting an action based upon a violation of division (A) under any other remedy provided in division (B) of this section.

(D) Nothing in this section shall be construed as limiting a public employer's right to take any action as provided in division (C) of section 4167.06 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 04-20-1993