The Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate against employees and applicants 40 years of age and older. The Act covers all public and private employers (OK Stat. Tit. 25 Sec. 1301 et seq.). Contractors or subcontractors that provide goods or services to the state are also considered employers under the Act.
Under the Act, it is a discriminatory practice for an employer to:
• 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 age, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).
• 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, unless based on a BFOQ.
• Discriminate against an individual because of age in admission to, or employment in, a program established to provide training, unless based on a BFOQ.
• Print or publish a notice or advertisement for employment indicating a preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on age. The Oklahoma Human Rights Commission's guidelines expressly prohibit employers from including terms such as "young," "recent college graduate," "retired," or "supplement your pension" in job advertisements (OK Admin. Code Sec. 335:15-11-4).
• 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 ...