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Women in Ohio and nationwide are now allowed to fight in combat

The war of the sexes just took another turn. Despite legal equality in the private sector, the U.S. military has long held policies that some would consider discriminatory against certain groups, including women. However, the Joint Chiefs chairman and defense secretary recently signed the order that eliminates limitations on women fighting on the battlefront. The move makes for a good example of workplace gender equality at a time when the country's job situation is difficult, which could lead to employment disputes related to gender and sexual orientation.

The contributions of women to the military are invaluable and are highly regarded during war times. In recent years, women have made up 14 percent of all active military personnel. Of the 6,600 soldiers killed in recent operations, 152 of them were women.

Under the new order, the military is giving everyone an equal opportunity to be in combat and has made it clear that the standards will be the same for both genders. This means that if a male candidate is required to carry 150 pounds of military equipment for 33 miles, then the female candidate should also be able to do the same.

Of course, the military has often lagged behind the laws that apply to private employers. Indeed, workplace discrimination based on sex or gender has long been against the law. Still, there may be many situations in workplaces across Ohio that show the continuing battle against this type of illegal discrimination.

Victims of this type of discrimination may find it helpful to consult with an Ohio legal professional, who may be able to represent them in employment-related disputes. As the move towards gender equality in the military illustrates, all employees deserve fair treatment regardless of gender or sex.

Source: Ohio.com, "Women in combat: Good to go if they meet standards," Lolita C. Baldor, Jan. 24, 2013

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