the company I work for is going to direct deposit and says it's mandatory
My wife has a personal belief issue with how much she gets paid. That doesn't mean she is entitled to more money. Can you give a more specific reason why you don't agree with it?
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The answer is “definitely maybe.” Here’s the scoop: both federal and Ohio anti-discrimination legislation prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion. “Religion” in this context includes not only organized religions such as Christianity, Judaism, or Islam, but also religious beliefs that may not involve any formal organization. Religious beliefs include not only theistic beliefs (beliefs involving a personal higher power, e.g., “God”), but also non-theistic “moral or ethical beliefs as to what is right and wrong which are sincerely held with the strength of traditional religious views.” However, mere personal preferences are not “religious” beliefs in the context of civil rights legislation.
If your objection to direct deposit rises to the level of a religious belief under the law, then your employer is required to make reasonable accommodation for you. It may be that, under the facts of your case, continuing to pay you by check MIGHT be seen as a reasonable accommodation. Before you start making any such demands of your employer, however, I would suggest you contact an experienced employment attorney to evaluate your situation.
I'll bite. How does direct deposit affect your personal beliefs?
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Ohio Revised Coder 4111.01 provides that employers must pay wages via cash, check or direct deposit. The code does not say anything prohibiting or permitting employers to require direct deposit of employees. I won't get into the discrimination issue raised by some of my colleagues because you indicated you had a "personal" issue with it, not a religion one. Personal issues, unless otherwise protected or requiring accommodation, are not protected.
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