Oklahoma Maternity and Pregnancy laws & HR compliance analysis

Oklahoma Maternity and Pregnancy: What you need to know

The Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act prohibits discrimination in employment “because of sex,” or “based on sex,” which includes, but is not limited to, pregnancy; childbirth or related medical conditions; and women affected by pregnancy.
As a result, pregnant women must be treated the same for all employment-related purposes as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work.
The Act applies to employers with one or more employees (OK Stat. Tit. 25 Sec. 1101et seq.).
A person who is a contractor or subcontractor furnishing material or performing work for the state and agents of that person are also covered by the Act (OK Stat. Tit. 25 Sec. 1301).
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Oklahoma does not have a state law that specifically requires employers to offer pregnancy leave. However, employers covered by the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) must provide the same leave benefits to women affected by pregnancy that are provided to employees with temporary disabilities.
According to guidelines issued by the state Human Rights Commission, employers that terminate employees with a temporary disability because of an inadequate leave policy may be in violation of the civil rights law if such a policy has a disproportionate impact on employees of one sex and is not justified by business necessity (OK Admin. Code Sec. 335:15-3-9).
Private employers. Some states have comprehensive laws that require employers to grant employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child, or to care for a family member with a serious illness. Oklahoma does not have such a law; however, if an employer does offer leave for the birth or adoption of a ...

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