It is not unlawful per se in Ohio to favor a member of one's immediate family in an employment situation, but it is unlawful to favor an employee becuase of a sexual relationship, which presumably the husband and wife have. Your situation is complicated, and you should consult with an employment attorney whether or not you are terminated. In addition, if you are not terminated and have not done so already, complain in writing about the situation and refrain from any further infractions regardless of your frustration.
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Ohio is an at-will employment state, which means that your employer can terminate you for any reason or no reason whatsoever, unless that reason is unlawful. Examples of unlawful termination would be discrimination or retaliation for engaging in a protected activity. It appears that you were terminated for leaving your job before the end of shift, without approval. Unless you can establish a discriminatory or retaliatory motive you probably have little recourse. There is no broad anti-nepotism law and whether or not spouses can work together is at the discretion of the individual employer.
However, if your company has an anti-nepotism policy that is being breached, there is a chance that you may have some legal recourse. I would recommend that you consult with an employment attorney, who can go over the specific facts of your case and determine what, if any, legal recourse you may have.
Lori A. Strobl
Strobl & Associates, Co. LPA
1015 E. Centerville Station Rd.
Centerville, Ohio 45459
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