Oklahoma Government Contractors: What you need to know

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.
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To be eligible for state contracts, contractors must agree that at least 90 percent of the nonprofessional persons employed to work under the contract meet the residency requirements to register to vote in the state. Any contractor who violates or does not agree to this contract term will be disqualified from consideration for future state contracts for 2 years. In addition, violators will be charged with a misdemeanor and, if convicted, will pay a $100 fine. Each day the contractor violates the provision constitutes a ...

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