Oklahoma Racial Discrimination: What you need to know

The Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act prohibits all public and private employers from discriminating against applicants or employees on the basis of race or color (OK Stat. Tit. 25 Sec. 1101 et seq.). The Act also covers employment agencies, labor unions, and contractors and subcontractors that provide goods and services to the state government.
Under the Act, it is a discriminatory practice for an employer to:
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• Fail or refuse to hire, discharge, or discriminate against an individual with respect to compensation or the terms, conditions, privileges, or responsibilities of employment because of race.
• Limit, segregate, or classify an employee in a way that would deprive him or her of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his or her status as an employee.
• Discriminate against an individual because of race in admission to, or employment in, a program established to provide apprenticeship or other training.
• Print or publish a notice or advertisement for employment indicating a preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on race.
• Aid, abet, incite, or coerce a person to engage in a discriminatory practice.
• Retaliate or discriminate against a person who has opposed a discriminatory practice, made a charge, filed a complaint, testified, assisted, or participated in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the Act.
• Willfully interfere with the state Human Rights Commission or willfully obstruct a person from complying with the Act or a commission order.
• Attempt to commit a discriminatory act.
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