Oklahoma Civil Rights laws & HR compliance analysis

Oklahoma Civil Rights: What you need to know

The Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, or disability (OK Stat. Tit. 25 Sec. 1301 et seq.). The Act covers all public and private employers, employment agencies, labor unions, and contractors and subcontractors that furnish goods or services to the state government.
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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 a protected characteristic 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 a protected characteristic in admission to, or employment in, a program established to provide apprenticeship or other training unless on the basis of a BFOQ.
• Print or publish a notice or advertisement for employment indicating a preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on a protected characteristic.
• 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 ...

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