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.
Religious entities excepted. The Act does not apply to religious corporations, associations, or societies employing individuals of a particular religion to carry out its religious activities. Also excluded are educational institutions owned or controlled in whole or in part by a particular religion or religious organization, or whose curriculum is directed toward the propagation of a particular religion.
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.