Oklahoma law prohibits an employer from discriminating on the basis of race, color, or creed if the employer has a contract with the state for construction on a public works project. The law requires all state contracts for the construction of public works to contain a clause stating that discrimination based on these characteristics will not be practiced by the contractor, nor will it be permitted by the department or agency procuring the construction of the public work for which the contract is executed (OK Stat. Tit. 40 Sec. 195.1).
Penalties for discrimination. If the state human rights commission has found that a contractor's discriminatory practice was authorized, requested, commanded, performed, or recklessly tolerated by high-level managers, it may certify its findings to state contracting agencies. Once an agency receives the certification, it may terminate any contracts it has with the contractor, and assist the state and all governmental entities and agencies in refusing to enter further contracts, or extend existing contracts, until the human rights commission is satisfied that the contractor will comply with state civil rights laws.